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Quizartinib Significantly Improves Survival Over Chemotherapy in Patients with Relapsed/Refractory AML and FLT3-ITD Mutation

New results from the international, randomized, phase 3 clinical trial QuANTUM-R show that the targeted drug quizartinib, an oral, selective FLT3 inhibitor, significantly extended overall survival compared with chemotherapy in patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and the FLT3-ITD mutation, the most common FLT3 gene mutation, affecting [ Read More ]

Breaking News: Sellas Announces Promising Data on NeuVax in Combination with Herceptin in HER2 1+/2+ Breast Cancer

This week Sellas Life Sciences Group announced data from a study of NeuVax (nelipepimut-S) in combination with Herceptin (trastuzumab) in patients with HER2 1+/2+ breast cancer. All node-negative (N0) patients had triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC), as did the majority of patients with low-volume nodal disease (N1); the remainder of the [ Read More ]

Mogamulizumab, Anti-CCR4 Antibody, Improves Survival in Patients with Advanced Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma

Atlanta, GA—Mogamulizumab, a monoclonal antibody targeting CC chemokine receptor type 4 (CCR4), significantly reduced the risk for disease progression or death in patients with untreated cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) compared with vorinostat (Zolinza), reported Youn H. Kim, MD, Director, Multidisciplinary Cutaneous Lymphoma Program, Stanford Medicine, California, at ASH 2017. Patients [ Read More ]

First-in-Class Sotatercept Improves Hemoglobin Levels in Anemic Patients with Myelofibrosis

Atlanta, GA—Sotatercept, an investigational activin receptor IIA ligand trap, when used alone or in combination with ruxolitinib (Jakafi), safely increases hemoglobin levels in patients with myeloproliferative neoplasm–associated myelofibrosis, according to data from a phase 2, investigator-initiated clinical trial, presented at ASH 2017. Ruxolitinib is the only medication approved by the [ Read More ]

Ivosidenib, New IDH1 Inhibitor, Elicits Complete Response in Relapsed Acute Myeloid Leukemia

Atlanta, GA—Treatment with ivosidenib, an IDH1 inhibitor, resulted in an objective response rate (ORR) of 41.6% in a phase 1 dose-escalation and expansion clinical trial in patients with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and IDH1 mutation. Ivosidenib induced a complete response (CR) or a CR with a partial [ Read More ]

CAR T-Cell Immunotherapy Makes Strides in Multiple Myeloma, with Durable Remission

Chicago, IL—The era of immunotherapy in multiple myeloma is near. Two presentations at ASCO 2017 demonstrated that cellular therapy can steer immune reconstitution against multiple myeloma. Edward A. Stadtmauer, MD, Chief, Hematologic Malignancies Section, Abramson Cancer Center, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, reviewed cellular strategies, from vaccine-primed T-cell transfer after autologous [ Read More ]

Daratumumab Added to Carfilzomib, Lenalidomide, and Dexamethasone: Safe and Tolerable in Patients with Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma

Chicago, IL—In patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma, the addition of daratumumab to carfilzomib (Kyprolis), lenalidomide (Revlimid), and dexamethasone (ie, the KRd regimen) is showing promise as a frontline treatment regimen. According to the results of an open-label, phase 1b study presented at ASCO 2017, induction therapy with the KRd [ Read More ]

Lenalidomide plus Elotuzumab Maintenance Regimen Improves Responses in Multiple Myeloma

Atlanta, GA—A maintenance regimen of lenalidomide (Revlimid) and elotuzumab (Empliciti) after autologous stem-cell transplant (ASCT) improved the quality of responses achieved with induction therapy in patients with multiple myeloma. In a phase 2 study, 36% of patients receiving the combination as maintenance showed an improvement in response, and 20% of [ Read More ]

Daratumumab Therapy for Smoldering Myeloma Extends Progression-Free Survival

Atlanta, GA—Single-agent daratum­umab (Darzalex) shows significant activity in smoldering multiple myeloma (SMM). The 12-month progression-free survival (PFS) rate with a long dosing schedule of daratumumab was 95%, and the median PFS was not yet reached in any of the 3 dosing schedules studied, announced Craig C. Hofmeister, MD, MPH, Associate [ Read More ]

Ibrutinib plus Venetoclax Combo Elicits Impressive Responses in Relapsed Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

Atlanta, GA—Ibrutinib (Imbruvica) plus venetoclax (Venclexta) led to an objective response rate of 100% in patients with relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), with 47% in complete remission at 6 months. These high response rates were achieved with only 1 case of laboratory tumor lysis syndrome, said Peter Hillmen, [ Read More ]

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