Dr. Bollard on the Treatment of EBV-Positive Lymphoma
Catherine Bollard, MBChB, MD
Published Online: Friday, June 21, 2013
Catherine Bollard, MBChB, MD, Professor of Pediatrics, Medicine, and Pathology & Immunology, Center for Cell and Gene Therapy, Texas Childrens Cancer Center, Baylor College of Medicine, discusses the treatment of EBV-positive lymphoma with T-cell therapy.
Post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease is one of the most amenable cancers to T-cell therapy, Bollard says, and is almost always EBV-positive, especially in the bone marrow setting.
Researchers developed a strategy for patients to be given EBV-specific T cells after bone marrow transplant to prevent and treat EBV lymphoma. Today, over 100 patients have been treated with this type of T-cell therapy and none have relapsed, had toxicity issues, or GVHD. Also in the bone marrow setting, the majority of patients with active EBV lymphoma were cured with T-cell therapy alone.
An improved assay for assessing MRD status in patients with multiple myeloma is contributing to the momentum for using MRD as a surrogate endpoint for survival in clinical trials and as a tool with the potential to help guide therapy choices.