Dr. Ghosh on the Potential Advantages of Frontline CAR T-Cell Therapy in DLBCL

April 5, 2021
Nilanjan Ghosh, MD, PhD

Partner | Cancer Centers | <b>Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute</b>

Nilanjan Ghosh, MD, PhD, discusses the potential advantages of moving CAR T-cell therapy into the frontline setting for patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

Nilanjan Ghosh, MD, PhD, director of the Lymphoma Program and a physician with Levine Cancer Institute, discusses the potential advantages of moving CAR T-cell therapy into the frontline setting for patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL).

No biomarkers currently can inform whether a patient will respond to frontline chemoimmunotherapy. CAR T-cell therapy may provide a welcome alternative that can spare patients with DLBCL the toxicities associated with chemotherapy, Ghosh says. Moreover, patients could potentially obtain a long remission with a single infusion of CAR T-cell therapy vs multiple cycles of chemotherapy, Ghosh adds.

However, frontline treatment with traditional chemoimmunotherapy has demonstrated long-term remissions in around 60% of patients with DLBCL, says Ghosh. As such, demonstrating that CAR T-cell therapy is an effective frontline option could be difficult because the standard of care already elicits high response rates with potential curative benefit, Ghosh explains. Ultimately, a randomized clinical trial comparing chemoimmunotherapy with CAR T-cell therapy is warranted, concludes Ghosh.


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