Dr. Steven Coutre on Frontline Treatment Decisions in CLL

​Steven Coutre, MD
Published: Saturday, Oct 01, 2016


Steven Coutre, MD, professor of medicine (hematology) at Stanford University Medical Center, discusses considerations when selecting between oral therapies like ibrutinib and chemoimmunotherapy for first-line treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).
 
When determining frontline treatment, it is important to consider each patient’s individual needs, and not just make a medical-based decision, says Coutre.
 
A frail patient or a patient with multiple comorbidities may not be able to tolerate a chemoimmunotherapy regimen, and should therefore be given an oral regimen.
 
Financial constraints may also need to be a considered for some patients. A defined course of therapy like chemoimmunotherapy may be fully reimbursed by insurance, while a long-term oral therapy may not be, says Coutre.

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Steven Coutre, MD, professor of medicine (hematology) at Stanford University Medical Center, discusses considerations when selecting between oral therapies like ibrutinib and chemoimmunotherapy for first-line treatment of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).
 
When determining frontline treatment, it is important to consider each patient’s individual needs, and not just make a medical-based decision, says Coutre.
 
A frail patient or a patient with multiple comorbidities may not be able to tolerate a chemoimmunotherapy regimen, and should therefore be given an oral regimen.
 
Financial constraints may also need to be a considered for some patients. A defined course of therapy like chemoimmunotherapy may be fully reimbursed by insurance, while a long-term oral therapy may not be, says Coutre.

<<< View more from the 2016 NCCN Hematologic Malignancies Congress


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