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Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia

Aaron S Rosenberg, Robin Ruthazer, Jessica K Paulus, David M Kent, Andrew M Evens, Andreas K Klein
BACKGROUND: Multiple myeloma/plasmacytoma-like posttransplantation lymphoproliferative disorder (PTLD-MM) is a rare complication of solid organ transplantation. Case series have shown variable outcomes, and survival data in the modern era are lacking. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A cohort of 212 PTLD-MM patients was identified in the Scientific Registry of Transplant Recipients between 1999 and 2011. Overall survival (OS) was estimated by the Kaplan-Meier method, and the effects of treatment and patient characteristics on OS were evaluated by Cox proportional hazards models...
September 17, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Govind Babu Kanakasetty, Lakshmaiah Kuntejowdahalli, Aditi Harsh Thanky, Lokanatha Dasappa, Linu Abraham Jacob, Suresh Babu Mallekavu, Prasanna Kumari
INTRODUCTION: Chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) is a myeloproliferative disorder characterized by Philadelphia (Ph) chromosome with classical t(9;22)(q34;q11) seen in up to 90% of cases. However 5% to 10% of patients who present with variant Ph translocations (vPh) have been an area of research for their significance in predicting response to various therapies including tyrosine kinase inhibitors as well as prognosticating survival outcomes for many years involving varied patient populations, with conflicting results...
September 17, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
David Gómez-Almaguer, Edson René Marcos-Ramírez, Efreen Horacio Montaño-Figueroa, Guillermo J Ruiz-Argüelles, Carlos Roberto Best-Aguilera, María Del Carmen López-Sánchez, Esperanza Barrera-Chairez, José Luis López-Arrollo, Christian Omar Ramos-Peñafiel, Andrés León-Peña, Elías Eugenio González-López, Perla Edith Rivas-García, Carlos Alberto Tellez-Hinojosa, Andrés Gómez-De León, José Carlos Jaime-Pérez
BACKGROUND: The incidence of acute leukemia (AL) has increased. Its prognosis is variable and depends on several baseline characteristics with a highly heterogeneous presentation. In Mexico, large-scale descriptive studies have not yet been published; the objective of this study was to analyze the initial basic characteristics of patients diagnosed with AL in our population. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this multicenter, retrospective study, 1018 patients ≥ 16 years of age and diagnosed with AL between 2009 and 2014, were included...
September 17, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Sung-Soo Park, Jae-Ho Yoon, Hee-Je Kim, Young-Woo Jeon, Sung-Eun Lee, Byung-Sik Cho, Ki-Seong Eom, Yoo-Jin Kim, Seok Lee, Chang-Ki Min, Seok-Goo Cho, Dong-Wook Kim, Jong-Wook Lee, Woo-Sung Min
BACKGROUND: Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) with t(8;21)(q22;q22) is classified into a favorable-risk group. Extramedullary (EM) involvement has frequently been reported in this subgroup as resulting in a poor prognosis. However, characteristics or standard treatments of t(8;21) AML with EM involvement (EM-positive t(8;21)) have not yet been elucidated. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 154 adult AML patients with t(8;21). Among them, 17 were EM positive and 137 were EM negative at the time of diagnosis...
September 17, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Satoshi Iyama, Tsutomu Sato, Hirofumi Ohnishi, Yuji Kanisawa, Shuichi Ohta, Takeshi Kondo, Akio Mori, Yutaka Tsutsumi, Hiroyuki Kuroda, Yasutaka Kakinoki, Satoshi Yamamoto, Tohru Takahashi, Motohiro Shindo, Yoshihiro Torimoto, Kazuya Sato, Hiroshi Iwasaki, Yoshihito Haseyama, Kyuhei Kohda, Yasuhiro Nagamachi, Yasuo Hirayama, Hajime Sakai, Yasuji Hirata, Takashi Fukuhara, Hiroshi Ikeda, Masayoshi Kobune, Junji Kato, Mitsutoshi Kurosawa
BACKGROUND: Mogamulizumab, a defucosylated humanized monoclonal antibody targeting C-C chemokine receptor 4, recently became available for the treatment of adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATL). We conducted a multicenter retrospective study of the efficacy of mogamulizumab in ATL treatment in patients on Hokkaido Island, Japan. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 125 patients with ATL treated from January 2010 to December 2014 in 20 hospitals affiliated with the Hokkaido Hematology Study Group were enrolled in the present retrospective study...
September 17, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Mario Levis, Cristina Piva, Andrea Riccardo Filippi, Barbara Botto, Paolo Gavarotti, Patrizia Pregno, Maura Nicolosi, Roberto Freilone, Guido Parvis, Daniela Gottardi, Umberto Vitolo, Umberto Ricardi
INTRODUCTION: We investigated for a possible role for peritransplantation involved-field radiotherapy (IFRT) by comparing patients who received IFRT before after autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) and patients who received salvage chemotherapy (CT) alone. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated 73 consecutive patients with Hodgkin lymphoma treated with ASCT between 2003 and 2014. Twenty-one patients (28.8%) received peritransplantation radiotherapy...
September 17, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Samah Nassereddine, Taiga Nishihori, Eric Padron, Rami Mahfouz, Ali Bazarbachi, Rami S Komrokji, Mohamed A Kharfan-Dabaja
Myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) is a heterogeneous group of clonal hematopoietic neoplastic disorders most commonly occurring in the elderly population; MDS has a tendency to progress to acute leukemia. Although epigenetic therapies have improved the outcomes of MDS patients, allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation remains the only curative option. Molecular characterization of MDS using next-generation sequencing has expanded not only the knowledge on MDS but also the depth of understanding of evolution and contribution of recurrent somatic mutations in precursor conditions...
September 16, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Emily C Ayers, Anthony R Mato
Richter's transformation (RT) is the transformation of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) into rapidly progressive B-cell lymphoma. This disease has long been recognized as a difficult-to-treat illness with poor survival outcomes. Although the incidence of RT has been well documented in previous studies, less is understood in the era of novel therapeutics, such as kinase inhibitors (KIs). The present review discusses the current risk factors, incidence, and outcomes of patients with RT in the modern era of KI therapy...
September 8, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Maital Bolshinsky, Chadi Nabhan
Prognostication of patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) has improved in the past decade with a variety of clinical, morphologic, molecular, and radiographic methods. Comparable to data on the value of interim positron emission tomography (I-PET) in Hodgkin lymphoma, several retrospective and prospective studies are attempting to assess the value of I-PET scanning in DLBCL patients. In this review, we briefly describe and analyze the various prognostic methods in DLBCL with specific focus on the value of I-PET scanning in this disease...
September 8, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Mudit Chowdhary, Arpit M Chhabra, Shivam Kharod, Gaurav Marwaha
Mycosis fungoides (MF) is the most prevalent subtype of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, which is characterized by the proliferation of CD4(+) T cells. While often an indolent disease, most patients eventually develop progression from isolated patches to tumors and finally nodal or visceral involvement. Treatment choice is largely based on disease burden, though prognostic factors such as disease stage, patient age, and extracutaneous involvement must be taken into consideration. Radiotherapy represents one of the most effective therapeutic modalities in the treatment of MF...
August 29, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Narendranath Epperla, Namrata Shah, Mehdi Hamadani, Kristin Richardson, Jonathan T Kapke, Asmita Patel, Sravanthi P Teegavarapu, George Carrum, Parameswaran N Hari, Sai R Pingali, Reem Karmali, Timothy S Fenske
BACKGROUND: For patients with relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (auto-HCT) is commonly used. After auto-HCT, DLBCL patients are often monitored with surveillance imaging. However, there is little evidence to support this practice. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We performed a multicenter retrospective study of DLBCL patients who underwent auto-HCT (n = 160), who experienced complete remission after transplantation, and who then underwent surveillance imaging...
August 29, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Bryn T Haws, Wei Cui, Diane L Persons, Da Zhang
BACKGROUND: Only a few studies have investigated the presence of increased MYC gene copy number (ICN) as a prognostic indicator in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), and the results have been variable. We compared overall survival in patients with ICN to MYC-negative patients and investigated the prognostic significance of increased MYC gene copy number. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Two groups, those with MYC ICN (n = 33) and those with no MYC aberrations (n = 43), identified by fluorescence in-situ hybridization DNA probes for the MYC region at 8q24, were compared for survival (1-9 years), MYC immunohistochemical (IHC) protein expression, and treatment protocol...
August 20, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
John M Bennett
In comparison with the 2008 World Health Organization "Blue Book" on hematopoietic neoplasms, a small number of changes have been made in the classification. In the lower-risk patients, Refractory Cytopenias with Multilineage Dysplasia and Ring Sideroblasts (RCMD-RS) has been separated from RCMD to recognize the importance of the SF3B1 mutation. Often there has been confusion as to the degree of morphologic dysplasia and/or cytopenias to define some of the lower-risk subtypes. In addition, the type of dysplasia or cytopenias is not always concordant...
August 12, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Esprit Ma, Vijayveer Bonthapally, Anita Chawla, Patrick Lefebvre, Ronan Swords, Marie-Hélène Lafeuille, Jonathan Fortier, Bruno Emond, Mei Sheng Duh, Bruce J Dezube
BACKGROUND: Many elderly patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) are considered ineligible for standard intensive induction therapy due to performance status and comorbidities. We analyzed treatment patterns and outcomes among elderly patients newly diagnosed with AML in the US community oncology setting. METHODS: A retrospective observational study was conducted using patient-level data from a network of US community oncology practices provided by Altos Solutions...
August 10, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Talha Munir, Mark J Bishton, Ian Carter, Andrew McMillan, Simon O'Connor, Vishakha Sovani, Andrew P Haynes, Christopher P Fox
INTRODUCTION: Large granular lymphocyte (LGL) leukemia is a rare chronic lymphoproliferative disorder, with few large series reported to date. Series using stringent diagnostic criteria incorporating bone marrow biopsy (BMB), immunophenotyping, and T-cell receptor rearrangements are even scarcer. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The present study was a single-center series of 39 patients with LGL leukemia diagnosed using immunohistochemical analysis of BMB samples and flow cytometric and molecular data...
August 10, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Francine Foss, Madeleine Duvic, Adam Lerner, Joel Waksman, Sean Whittaker
BACKGROUND: Tumor stage and folliculotropic mycosis fungoides are uncommon subtypes of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL) with an aggressive disease course. Romidepsin is a histone deacetylase inhibitor approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for patients with CTCL who have received ≥ 1 previous systemic therapy. In the present study, we examined the efficacy and safety of romidepsin in patients from the pivotal, single-arm, open-label, phase II study of relapsed or refractory CTCL with cutaneous tumors and/or folliculotropic disease involvement...
August 10, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Jonas Paludo, Utkarsh Painuly, Shaji Kumar, Wilson I Gonsalves, Vincent Rajkumar, Francis Buadi, Martha Q Lacy, Angela Dispenzieri, Robert A Kyle, Michelle L Mauermann, Arleigh McCurdy, David Dingli, Ronald S Go, Suzanne R Hayman, Nelson Leung, John A Lust, Yi Lin, Morie A Gertz, Prashant Kapoor
INTRODUCTION: Limited data exist with respect to the outcome and optimal treatment of patients with myelomatous involvement of the central nervous system (CNS). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Of 4060 patients with multiple myeloma (MM), evaluated at Mayo Clinic from 1998 to 2014, 29 (0.7%) had identifiable CNS involvement, established by the presence of atypical plasma cells in the cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) and/or identification of intraparenchymal or meningeal involvement on magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)...
August 10, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Catarina Geraldes, Ana Cristina Gonçalves, Emília Cortesão, Marta Isabel Pereira, Adriana Roque, Artur Paiva, Letícia Ribeiro, José Manuel Nascimento-Costa, Ana Bela Sarmento-Ribeiro
BACKGROUND: Aberrant DNA methylation is considered a crucial mechanism in the pathogenesis of monoclonal gammopathies. We aimed to investigate the contribution of hypermethylation of 4 tumor suppressor genes to the multistep process of myelomagenesis. METHODS: The methylation status of p15, p16, p53, and DAPK genes was evaluated in bone marrow samples from 94 patients at diagnosis: monoclonal gammopathy of uncertain significance (MGUS) (n = 48), smoldering multiple myeloma (SMM) (n = 8) and symptomatic multiple myeloma (MM) (n = 38), and from 8 healthy controls by methylation-specific polymerase chain reaction analysis...
August 10, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Caroline Moreau, Brice Autier, Thibault Cavey, Emmanuel Rouger, James Norwood, Claude Bendavid, Martine Escoffre, Martine Sébillot, Olivier Decaux
BACKGROUND: Free light chain (FLC) assays are essential for diagnosis and follow-up of plasma cell dyscrasia. Two assays are available: Freelite (Binding Site) and N Latex FLC (Siemens). The aim of our study was to evaluate the impact of renal failure on concordance and correlation between the 2 FLC assays. METHODS: FLC measurements using both assays were performed on 1215 fresh serum samples from patients with or without monoclonal gammopathy and renal failure...
August 10, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Fernando Cabanillas, Noridza Rivera, Wandaly I Pardo
BACKGROUND: The expected presentation for low-grade lymphomas consists of disseminated lymphadenopathy with no constitutional symptomsk, and with bone marrow involvement, normal lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), low proliferative rate as determined by Ki-67, and positron emission tomography (PET) scan with low standardized uptake values (SUVs) < 14. However, it is not unusual for some cases to present with 1 or more clinically aggressive features. Because the clinical behavior of such patients has not been investigated, there are no data regarding their expected outcome...
August 10, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
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