Kerry A. Rogers, MD, highlights the findings of a study examining acalabrutinib in ibrutinib-intolerant patients with relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia and the next steps for the data.
The FDA has granted a breakthrough therapy designation to acalabrutinib (Calquence) for the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
The European Commission has expanded the approval of ibrutinib to include use in combination with obinutuzumab for adult patients with previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia, and also in combination with rituximab for the treatment of adult patients with Waldenström macroglobulinemia.
The FDA has approved PF-05280586, a biosimilar for rituximab, for the treatment of adult patients with CD20-positive B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma as a single agent or in combination with chemotherapy, or for patients with CD20-positive chronic lymphocytic leukemia in combination with chemotherapy.
Monocytic myeloid-derived suppressor cells increased with ibrutinib treatment in a preclinical model of chronic lymphocytic leukemia, suggesting a role for ITK inhibition in this cell population.
Brian T. Hill, MD, PhD, highlights the latest data with BTK inhibitors in chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
Rafic Farah, MD, provides an in-depth look at the trials that now define standards of care among patients with newly diagnosed and relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia.
For patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia, including those with high-risk disease, the availability of novel targeted therapies and monoclonal antibodies offers an increased potential for improved outcomes.
In December 2018, pivotal trial data were presented at the ASH Annual Meeting that demonstrated promising results for the first-line treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic leukemia. In particular, new courses of CLL care in several patient populations emerged from the findings of 3 trials.
Matthew S. Davids, MD, MMSc, characterizes the significance of the ALLIANCE, ECOG E1912, and iLLUMINATE trials within the broader treatment spectrum for chronic lymphocytic leukemia.