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Kyle Crassini, Yandong Shen, Stephen Mulligan, O Giles Best
Microenvironments within the lymph node and bone marrow promote proliferation and drug resistance in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Successful treatment of CLL must therefore target the leukemic cells within these compartments. A better understanding of the interaction between CLL cells and the tumor microenvironment has led to the development of in vitro models that mimic the mechanisms that support leukemic cell survival and proliferation in vivo. Employing these models as part of the pre-clinical evaluation of novel therapeutic agents enables a better approximation of their potential clinical efficacy...
October 18, 2016: Leukemia & Lymphoma
A Prica, F Baldassarre, L K Hicks, K Imrie, T Kouroukis, M Cheung
Rituximab is the first monoclonal antibody to be approved for use by the US Food and Drug Administration in cancer. Its role in the treatment of non-Hodgkin lymphoma, including chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), has evolved significantly. We aimed to systematically review and update the literature on rituximab in lymphoma and CLL, and provide evidence-based consensus guidelines for its rational use. Validated methodology from the Cancer Care Ontario Program in Evidence-based Care was used. A comprehensive literature search was completed by a methodologist from the Hematology Disease Site Group of Cancer Care Ontario...
October 13, 2016: Clinical Oncology: a Journal of the Royal College of Radiologists
Gera D Te Raa, Arnon P Kater
Despite the availability of novel targeted agents, TP53 defects remain the most important adverse prognostic factor in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Detection of deletion of TP53 locus (17p deletion) by fluorescent in situ hybridization (FISH) has become standard and performed prior to every line of treatment as the incidence dramatically increases as relapses occur. As monoallelic mutations of TP53 equally affect outcome, novel methods are being developed to improve detection of TP53 defects and include next-generation sequencing (NGS) and functional assays...
March 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Haematology
Carlos I Amaya-Chanaga, Laura Z Rassenti
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a heterogeneous disease with a variable clinical course. The Rai and Binet staging systems are often used to predict survival. However, they do not take into account other biological characteristics of CLL cells that may influence the disease course and response to treatment. Prognostic factors such as chromosome abnormalities (trisomy 12, 11q deletions and 17p deletions), β2 microglobulin, thymidine kinase, CD38 and ZAP-70 expression, IGHV mutation status, and mutations in genes such as NOTCH1, MYD88, SF3B1, and ATM are also predictors of prognosis...
March 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Haematology
Michael Y Choi, Manoj Kumar Kashyap, Deepak Kumar
Malignant B cells accumulate in the peripheral blood, bone marrow, and lymphoid organs of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). In the tissue compartments, CLL shape a protective microenvironment by coopting normal elements. The efficacy of drugs that target these interactions further underscores their importance in the pathogenesis of CLL. While the B cell receptor (BCR) pathway clearly plays a central role in the CLL microenvironment, there is also rationale to evaluate agents that inhibit other aspects or modulate the immune cells in the microenvironment...
March 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Haematology
Januario E Castro, Thomas J Kipps
Treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and other B cell malignancies is evolving very rapidly. We have observed the quick transition during the last couple of years, from chemo-immunotherapy based treatments to oral targeted therapies based on B cell receptor signaling and Bcl-2 inhibitors, as well as the increasing use of second generation glyco-engineered antibodies. The next wave of revolution in the treatment for this conditions is approaching and it will be based on strategies that harness the power of the immune system to fight cancer...
March 2016: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Haematology
M-W Jin, S-M Xu, Q An, P Wang
OBJECTIVE: Leukemia is the most common cancer of childhood, with AML, CML, ALL and CLL being the most common. Environmental and genetic factors have been studied extensively in children with childhood leukemia. Other factors, such as the prenatal parental use of controlled substances, have not been investigated to the same degree. We review what is currently known about environmental and parental factors and the occurrence of leukemia in children. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Electronic databases were searched for studies correlated pediatric leukemia with (1) ionizing radiation; (2) benzene; (3) parental drug use (4) parental alcohol use; (5) genetic factors...
September 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Tadeusz Robak, Krzysztof Warzocha, K Govind Babu, Yaroslav Kulyaba, Kazimierz Kuliczkowski, Kudrat Abdulkadyrov, Javier Loscertales, Iryna Kryachok, Janusz Kłoczko, Grygoriy Rekhtman, Wojciech Homenda, Jerzy Z Błoński, Astrid McKeown, Michele M Gorczyca, Jodi L Carey, Chai-Ni Chang, Steen Lisby, Ira V Gupta, Sebastian Grosicki
: In this multicenter, open-label, phase III study, patients with relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) were randomized (1:1) to receive ofatumumab plus fludarabine and cyclophosphamide (OFA + FC) or FC alone; the primary endpoint being progression-free survival (PFS) assessed by an independent review committee (IRC). Between March 2009 and January 2012, 365 patients were randomized (OFA + FC: n = 183; FC: n = 182). Median IRC-assessed PFS was 28.9 months with OFA + FC versus 18...
October 12, 2016: Leukemia & Lymphoma
Isabel González-Gascón Y Marín, Ana África Martín, María Hernández-Sanchez, Cristina Robledo, María Lourdes Hermosín, Natalia de Las Heras, Laura Lacalle, Josefina Galende, Felipe de Arriba, Ana Eugenia Rodríguez-Vicente, José-Ángel Hernández, Jesús María Hernández-Rivas
: The presence of chromosomal gains other than trisomy 12 in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) is unusual. However, some patients may show gains on several chromosomes simultaneously suggesting a hyperdiploid karyotype. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to analyse by FISH the frequency and prognostic impact of hyperdiploidy in CLL. METHOD: A review of 1359 consecutive cases diagnosed with CLL referred for FISH analysis to a unique institution was carried out...
September 26, 2016: European Journal of Haematology
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
M Ladetto, C Buske, M Hutchings, M Dreyling, G Gaidano, S Le Gouill, S Luminari, C Pott, A Zamò, E Zucca
The European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) consensus conference on mature B-cell lymphomas and chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) was held on 20 June 2015 in Lugano, Switzerland, and included a multidisciplinary panel of 25 leading experts. The aim of the conference was to develop recommendations on critical subjects difficult to consider in detail in the ESMO Clinical Practice Guidelines. The following areas were identified: (i) the elderly patient, (ii) prognostic factors suitable for clinical use and (iii) the 'ultra-high-risk' group...
October 4, 2016: Annals of Oncology: Official Journal of the European Society for Medical Oncology
Gilad Itchaki, Jennifer R Brown
Venetoclax (VEN, ABT-199/GDC-0199) is an orally bioavailable BH3-mimetic that specifically inhibits the anti-apoptotic B-cell lymphoma/leukemia 2 (BCL2) protein. Although BCL2 overexpression is not genetically driven in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), it is nearly universal and represents a highly important and prevalent mechanism of apoptosis evasion, making it an attractive therapeutic target. This review summarizes the role of BCL2 in CLL pathogenesis, the development path targeting its inhibition prior to VEN, and the preclinical and clinical data regarding the effectiveness and safety of VEN...
October 2016: Therapeutic Advances in Hematology
Mohamed A Kharfan-Dabaja, Ambuj Kumar, Mehdi Hamadani, Stephan Stilgenbauer, Paolo Ghia, Claudio Anasetti, Peter Dreger, Emili Montserrat, Miguel-Angel Perales, Edwin P Alyea, Farrukh T Awan, Ernesto Ayala, Jacqueline C Barrientos, Jennifer R Brown, Januario Castro, Richard R Furman, John Gribben, Brian T Hill, Mohamad Mohty, Carol Moreno, Susan O'Brien, Steven Z Pavletic, Javier Pinilla-Ibarz, Nishitha M Reddy, Mohamed Sorror, Christopher Bredeson, Paul Carpenter, Bipin N Savani
We sought to establish clinical practice recommendations to redefine the role of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT) for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in an era of highly active targeted therapies. We performed a systematic review to identify prospective randomized controlled trials comparing allo-HCT against novel therapies for treatment of CLL at various disease stages. In the absence of such data, we invited physicians with expertise in allo-HCT and/or CLL to participate in developing these recommendations...
September 19, 2016: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Artur César, Ana Calistru, Joana Pardal, Sofia Magina, Alberto Mota, Filomena Azevedo
Richter syndrome (RS) is characterized by the development of a high-grade lymphoma in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia/small lymphocytic lymphoma (CLL/SLL). Herein, we present the case of an 85-year-old woman with a 3-year history of stable asymptomatic CLL that developed a cutaneous RS. The patient presented with painless inflammation in the left leg and foot that was initially diagnosed as a cellulitis infection. She was treated accordingly with ceftriaxone and clindamycin. However, after completing the antibiotic regimen, not only did the inflammation persist, but also superimposed painless nodules gradually appeared on the left leg and foot over the course of four months...
2016: Dermatology Online Journal
Suliman A Alsagaby, Paul Brennan, Chris Pepper
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is an adult neoplastic disease of B cells characterized by variable clinical outcomes. Although some patients have an aggressive form of the disease and often encounter treatment failure and short survival, others have more stable disease with long-term survival and little or no need for theraphy. In the past decade, significant advances have been made in our understanding of the molecular drivers that affect the natural pathology of CLL. The present review describes what is known about these key molecules in the context of their role in tumor pathogenicity, prognosis, and therapy...
August 10, 2016: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia
Silvia Sánchez-Ramón, Fatima Dhalla, Helen Chapel
Patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and multiple myeloma (MM) are prone to present with antibody production deficits associated with recurrent or severe bacterial infections that might benefit from human immunoglobulin (Ig) (IVIg/SCIg) replacement therapy. However, the original IVIg trial data were done before modern therapies were available, and the current indications do not take into account the shift in the immune situation of current treatment combinations and changes in the spectrum of infections...
2016: Frontiers in Immunology
Yair Herishanu, Aaron Polliack, Shani Shenhar-Tsarfaty, Ronit Weinberger, Ram Gelman, Tomer Ziv-Baran, David Zeltser, Itzhak Shapira, Sholomo Berliner, Ori Rogowski
Background Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is characterized by a heterogeneous clinical course, ranging from stable to more aggressive disease. Herein, we determined the prognostic significance of serum C-reactive protein (CRP) levels in patients with CLL Methods A retrospective cohort study reviewing the records of 107 consecutive treatment naïve patients with CLL and a control group comprised of apparently healthy individuals attending for periodic health examinations. Results The median CRP level of patients with CLL was 0...
September 5, 2016: Annals of Medicine
I F Khouri, D Sui, E J Jabbour, B I Samuels, F Turturro, G Alatrash, P Anderlini, S Ahmed, B Oran, S O Ciurea, D Marin, A Olson, K K Patel, U R Popat, C Ledesma, T M Kadia, A Ferrajoli, J A Burger, J L Jorgensen, L J Medeiros, R L Bassett, A M Gulbis
Bendamustine has shown a favorable safety profile when included in chemotherapy regimens for several types of lymphoma, including CLL. This study investigated the long-term effect of adding bendamustine to a conditioning regimen on survival, rate of engraftment, immune recovery and GvHD after allogeneic stem cell transplantation (alloSCT) in CLL patients. These outcomes were compared with the fludarabine, cyclophosphamide and rituximab (FCR) conditioning regimen. We reviewed the data for 89 CLL patients treated on three trials at our institution...
September 5, 2016: Bone Marrow Transplantation
Mark B Geyer, Renier J Brentjens
The past several years have been marked by extraordinary advances in clinical applications of immunotherapy. In particular, adoptive cellular therapy utilizing chimeric antigen receptor (CAR)-modified T cells targeted to CD19 has demonstrated substantial clinical efficacy in children and adults with relapsed or refractory B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) and durable clinical benefit in a smaller subset of patients with relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (B-NHL)...
November 2016: Cytotherapy
Efstratios Koutroumpakis, Montgomery Lobe, Lezah McCarthy, Syed Mehdi
BACKGROUND: Hypercalcemia due to malignancy is well described in the literature and a common paraneoplastic finding in certain solid tumors. Hematologic malignancies, however, are less frequently associated with hypercalcemia with the exception of myelomas and T-cell lymphomas. CASE REPORT: This case report describes a patient with B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL) who developed symptomatic hypercalcemia. None of the pathogenetic mechanisms of malignancy-associated hypercalcemia already described in the literature could explain the pathogenesis of hypercalcemia in our patient...
September 2016: In Vivo
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