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Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports

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Henry S H Chan, Christine I Chen, Donna E Reece
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: New risk stratification systems and treatment strategies have been introduced in recent years. We aim to provide an overview of these recent changes and summarise these data in a concise article that would be useful for clinicians. RECENT FINDINGS: Apart from clinical stage, disease genetics are now recognised as important prognostic risk factors, and various new cytogenetic changes with negative prognostic impact have been identified. New technologies such as minimal residual disease detection are also playing an important role in prognostic assessment...
March 20, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317081/pharmacogenetic-predictors-of-treatment-related-toxicity-among-children-with-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#2
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Rochelle R Maxwell, Peter D Cole
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this review is to summarize the most recent and most robust pharmacogenetic predictors of treatment-related toxicity (TRT) in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). RECENT FINDINGS: Multiple studies have examined the toxicities of the primary chemotherapeutic agents used to treat childhood ALL in relation to host genetic factors. However, few results have been replicated independently, largely due to cohort differences in ancestry, chemotherapy treatment protocols, and definitions of toxicities...
March 20, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317080/the-critical-role-of-imaging-in-the-management-of-multiple-myeloma
#3
REVIEW
Shahzad Raza, Siyang Leng, Suzanne Lentzsch
Multiple myeloma (MM) is characterized by abnormal proliferation of plasma cells in the bone marrow leading to symptoms of anemia, renal failure, hypercalcemia, and bone lesions. Bone imaging is critical for the diagnosis, staging, assessment for the presence and extent of bone lesions, and initial treatment of MM. Skeletal survey is the preferred initial imaging modality due to its availability and low cost. However, it has poor sensitivity and patients with occult myeloma may escape detection, delaying their diagnosis and treatment...
March 20, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299525/poems-syndrome-an-enigma
#4
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Rahma Warsame, Uday Yanamandra, Prashant Kapoor
POEMS syndrome is a paraneoplastic disorder secondary to an underlying plasma cell dyscrasia. By definition, all patients with POEMS syndrome must display polyneuropathy and monoclonal plasma cell disorder. In addition, at least one major criterion (Castleman's disease, sclerotic bone lesions, or vascular endothelial growth factor elevation) and one minor criterion (organomegaly, extravascular volume overload, endocrinopathy, skin changes, papilledema, thrombocytosis, or polycythemia) are required for diagnosis...
March 15, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28286907/hypomethylating-agents-as-a-therapy-for-aml
#5
REVIEW
Claude Gardin, Hervé Dombret
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is predominantly a disease of older adults associated with poor long-term outcomes with available therapies. Used as single agents, hypomethylating agents (HMAs) induce only 15 to 25% complete remissions, but current data suggest that median OS observed after HMAs is comparable to that observed after more intensive therapies. Whether long-term cure may be obtained in some patients treated with HMAs is unknown. Combinations of HMAs to novel agents are now extensively investigated and attractive response rates have been reported when combining HMAs to different drug classes...
March 13, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285435/allogeneic-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-for-myeloma-when-and-in-whom-does-it-work
#6
REVIEW
Qaiser Bashir, Muzaffar H Qazilbash
The growing list of available therapies for patients with multiple myeloma has resulted in tremendously high response rates and prolonged survival. However, the cure remains elusive. A continued effort at developing strategies to utilize all available treatment modalities in the most effective manner is needed. Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT) is a robust platform, associated with high response rates, and provides a unique foundation on which immune therapies and novel agents can be employed to improve clinical outcomes...
March 11, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243849/an-evidence-based-approach-to-myeloma-bone-disease
#7
REVIEW
Nicholas Bingham, Antonia Reale, Andrew Spencer
Multiple myeloma is an incurable clonal plasma cell malignancy characterised by osteolytic bone lesions and the presence of a monoclonal immunoglobulin. The bone disease caused by myeloma is a major cause of morbidity with the related complications of pathological fractures, hypercalcaemia and bone pain affecting both quality of life and patient survival. The osteolytic lesions arise due to an imbalance of osteoclast and osteoblast function, arising from complex interactions between myeloma cells, bone marrow stromal cells and the bone marrow microenvironment...
February 27, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28243848/new-treatment-strategies-for-philadelphia-chromosome-positive-acute-lymphoblastic-leukemia
#8
REVIEW
Lalit Saini, Joseph Brandwein
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To review recent studies that address important questions regarding the treatment of Philadelphia chromosome-positive ALL. RECENT FINDINGS: Less intensive non-myelosuppressive induction approaches can produce comparable anti-leukemic responses with less toxicity. Second-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) are not clearly associated with superior outcomes compared to imatinib. Ponatinib is associated with lower early relapse rates, but has additional vascular risks...
February 27, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28233151/cars-in-the-lead-against-multiple-myeloma
#9
REVIEW
Maria Ormhøj, Felipe Bedoya, Matthew J Frigault, Marcela V Maus
The recent clinical success of CD19-directed chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy in chronic and acute leukemia has led to increased interest in broadening this technology to other hematological malignancies and solid tumors. Now, advances are being made using CAR T cell technology to target myeloma antigens such as B cell maturation antigen (BCMA), CD138, and kappa-light chain as well as CD19 on putative myeloma stem cells. To date, only a limited number of multiple myeloma patients have received CAR T cell therapy but preliminary results have been encouraging...
February 23, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28233150/beyond-anthracyclines-preemptive-management-of-cardiovascular-toxicity-in-the-era-of-targeted-agents-for-hematologic-malignancies
#10
REVIEW
Tarsheen K Sethi, Basak Basdag, Nirmanmoh Bhatia, Javid Moslehi, Nishitha M Reddy
Advances in drug discovery have led to the use of effective targeted agents in the treatment of hematologic malignancies. Drugs such as proteasome inhibitors in multiple myeloma and tyrosine kinase inhibitors in chronic myeloid leukemia and non-Hodgkin lymphoma have changed the face of treatment of hematologic malignancies. There are several reports of cardiovascular adverse events related to these newer agents. Both "on-target" and "off-target" effects of these agents can cause organ-specific toxicity. The need for long-term administration for most of these agents requires continued monitoring of toxicity...
February 23, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229282/clinical-studies-in-hematologic-microtransplantation
#11
REVIEW
Kevin A David, Dennis Cooper, Roger Strair
The anti-tumor effects of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation depend upon engraftment of donor cells followed by a graft-versus-tumor (GVT) effect. However, pre-clinical and clinical studies have established that under certain circumstances, anti-tumor responses can occur despite the absence of high levels of durable donor cell engraftment. Tumor response with little or no donor engraftment has been termed "microtransplantation." It has been hard to define conditions leading to tumor responses without donor cell persistence in humans because the degree of engraftment depends very heavily upon many patient-specific factors, including immune status and degree of prior therapy...
February 22, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28215040/who-should-receive-a-transplant-for-acute-lymphoblastic-leukaemia
#12
REVIEW
Rishi Dhawan, David I Marks
Allogeneic haematopoietic cell transplantation continues to be an important curative therapy for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL). Traditionally accepted indications for allografting adult ALL patients need reevaluation in light of outcomes with paediatric-like intensive regimens. Minimal residual disease status and oncogenetics can be used for restratification of standard risk patients. A greater body of data on haematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) outcomes from haploidentical and cord blood donor sources has been generated in recent years...
February 18, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197963/a-concise-review-of-autoimmune-cytopenias-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
#13
REVIEW
Mazie Tsang, Sameer A Parikh
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is frequently associated with autoimmune complications such as autoimmune hemolytic anemia, immune thrombocytopenia, pure red cell aplasia, and autoimmune granulocytopenia. It is critical to diagnose cytopenias from these secondary complications of CLL accurately, since prognosis and therapy are substantially different from patients who have cytopenias due to extensive bone marrow infiltration by CLL. The pathogenesis of autoimmune cytopenias in CLL is complex; and it involves antigen presentation by CLL cells to polyclonal B cells resulting in production of autoantibody, and alteration of the T cell milieu tilting the balance in favor of an autoimmune response...
February 14, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155013/targeted-therapy-in-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia-cll
#14
REVIEW
Erin M Pettijohn, Shuo Ma
The standard of care for the treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) has traditionally been chemoimmunotherapy. For patients who are unable to tolerate chemotherapy and those with high risk 17p deletions, there were previously few feasible or efficacious treatment options. Novel targeted agents for the treatment of CLL have the potential to offer long-term, durable remissions and offer promising treatment options for those in previously challenging population groups. Current targeted agents in CLL are directed against B cell receptor-associated tyrosine kinases such as BTK and SYK, the downstream PI3-kinase pathway, as well as the antiapoptotic protein BCL-2...
February 2, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155012/immune-checkpoint-blockade-and-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplant
#15
REVIEW
Reid W Merryman, Philippe Armand
Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT) relies primarily upon graft-versus-tumor activity for cancer eradication. Relapse remains the principal cause of treatment failure after HSCT, implying frequent immune escape, which in at least some cases, appears to be mediated by increased expression of inhibitory immune checkpoints. In an attempt to restore anti-tumor immunity, checkpoint blockade therapy (CBT) targeting PD-1 and CLTA-4 has been used in conjunction with both allogeneic and autologous HSCT...
February 2, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144893/a-view-from-the-plateau-is-there-a-role-for-allogeneic-stem-cell-transplantation-in-the-era-of-highly-effective-therapies-for-multiple-myeloma
#16
REVIEW
Damian J Green, William I Bensinger
Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant (allo-HCT) represents the earliest form of immunotherapy used to treat multiple myeloma (MM). Since the first successful myeloablative allografts were performed in the early 1980s, highly effective new agents to treat this disease have been identified at an unprecedented pace. Currently, sixteen FDA-approved therapies are available to treat MM. As a consequence of these advances, the median overall survival for standard risk MM patients has extended to over 7 years...
January 31, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144892/10%C3%A2-years-of-preparedness-by-the-radiation-injury-treatment-network
#17
REVIEW
Cullen Case
The Radiation Injury Treatment Network (RITN) began in 2006 with the ambitious vision to provide a resource to help with the surge of casualties following a mass casualty incident with marrow toxic injuries. Through the efforts of the National Marrow Donor Program and American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation with the support of the Office of Naval Research, the initial 13 hospitals and cancer centers have grown to 76, training over 13,500 hospital staff and conducted, funded, and supported 580 disaster exercises testing preparedness...
January 31, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116634/the-development-and-current-use-of-bcl-2-inhibitors-for-the-treatment-of-chronic-lymphocytic-leukemia
#18
REVIEW
Benjamin L Lampson, Matthew S Davids
The BCL-2 family of proteins integrates pro- and anti-apoptotic signals within the cell and is responsible for initiation of caspase-dependent apoptosis. Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) cells are particularly dependent on the anti-apoptotic protein BCL-2 for their survival, making this an attractive therapeutic target in CLL. Several early efforts to create inhibitors of the anti-apoptotic family members faced significant challenges, but eventually, the BCL-2 specific inhibitor venetoclax moved forward in CLL...
January 23, 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116633/t-cell-depleted-and-t-cell-replete-hla-haploidentical-stem-cell-transplantation-for-non-malignant-disorders
#19
REVIEW
Alice Bertaina, Angela Pitisci, Matilde Sinibaldi, Mattia Algeri
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is a treatment option for children with malignant and non-malignant disorders as well as an expanding number of inherited disorders. However, only a limited portion of patients in the need of an allograft have an HLA-compatible, either related or unrelated, donor. Haploidentical HSCT is now considered a valid treatment option, especially in view of the recent insights in terms of graft manipulation. This review will offer an overview of clinical results obtained through the use of haploidentical HSCT in non-malignant diseases...
February 2017: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27995419/t-cell-lymphoma-epidemiology-the-known-and-unknown
#20
REVIEW
Anh Phan, Rachel Veldman, Mary Jo Lechowicz
T-cell lymphoma, a collection of subtypes of Non-Hodgkin lymphoma, is a rare malignancy. The low prevalence of this disease has made it challenging to identify subtype-specific risk factors. Potential risk factors could enable us to identify high-risk patients and predict patient outcomes. Here, we report on the current epidemiologic and prognostic factors data associated with the individual subtypes both of peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL) and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) found in large cohort and case studies...
December 2016: Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports
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