Lymphoma

Yescarta (Axicabtagene Ciloleucel) Second CAR T-Cell Therapy Approved for Patients with Certain Types of Large B-Cell Lymphoma

Loretta Fala

2018 Third Annual Oncology Guide to New FDA Approvals - FDA Approvals, News & Updates, Lymphoma

Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), a form of cancer that starts in the lymphatic system, is the most common type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in adults. In the United States, approximately 72,000 new cases of NHL are diagnosed annually; more than 20,000 people were estimated to die from the disease in 2017. [ Read More ]

Imbruvica (Ibrutinib) First Drug Approved Specifically for Marginal-Zone Lymphoma and for Chronic Graft-versus-Host Disease

Lisa A. Raedler, PhD, RPh

2018 Third Annual Oncology Guide to New FDA Approvals - FDA Approvals, News & Updates, Lymphoma

Marginal-zone lymphoma (MZL) arises from B-lymphocytes in the marginal zone of lymphoid tissue. This slow-growing indolent B-cell lymphoma represents approximately 12% of all cases of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in adults. MZL is divided into 3 subtypes, including mucosa-associated lymphoid tissue (MALT), nodal MZL, and splenic MZL. MALT lymphoma is the most common of these subtypes and occurs in the stomach, intestines, salivary glands, thyroid, eyes, and lungs. In MALT lymphoma, autoimmune processes or chronic infection cause B-cells to accumulate. Helicobacter pylori is 1 of at least 6 microbial species associated with lymphoproliferation in gastric MALT lymphoma. [ Read More ]

Calquence (Acalabrutinib) Approved for Relapsed or Refractory Mantle-Cell Lymphoma in Adults

Lisa A. Raedler, PhD, RPh

2018 Third Annual Oncology Guide to New FDA Approvals - FDA Approvals, News & Updates, Lymphoma

Mantle-cell lymphoma is a rare and fast-growing type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), comprising approximately ≥4% of NHL cases in the United States. Mantle-cell lymphoma most often affects men aged ≥60 years, and the key factors affecting prognosis include the patient’s age, performance status, lactate dehydrogenase levels, and white blood cell count. [ Read More ]

PET-Directed Approach Can Guide Radiation Therapy in Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma

Phoebe Starr

February 2018, Vol 9, No 1 | Payers’ Perspectives In Oncology: ASH 2017 Highlights - Lymphoma

Atlanta, GA—A positron emission tomography (PET)-directed approach after standard chemotherapy can guide the need for consolidation radiation therapy in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). This approach can spare patients from further treatments, such as salvage chemotherapy and stem-cell transplant, as well as unnecessary radiation therapy, according to a study presented at ASH 2017. [ Read More ]

Brentuximab Vedotin plus Nivolumab Yields High Complete Responses in Relapsed or Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma

Chase Doyle

February 2018, Vol 9, No 1 | Payers’ Perspectives In Oncology: ASH 2017 Highlights - Lymphoma

Atlanta, GA—Interim results from a phase 1/2 study of the combination of brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris) and nivolumab (Opdivo) have demonstrated a high overall response rate (ORR) in patients with relapsed or refractory Hodgkin lymphoma. According to data presented at ASH 2017, 83% of patients responded to the combination, which included a 62% rate among efficacy-evaluable patients. [ Read More ]

A New Combination as First-Line Regimen in Advanced Hodgkin Lymphoma?

Phoebe Starr

February 2018, Vol 9, No 1 | Payers’ Perspectives In Oncology: ASH 2017 Highlights - Lymphoma

Atlanta, GA—Adding brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris) to doxorubicin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine (A+AVD) instead of the standard regimen with doxorubicin, bleomycin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine (ABVD) as frontline treatment for advanced Hodgkin lymphoma reduced the risk for disease progression, death, or the need for additional therapy by 23%, according to new data presented at ASH 2017. [ Read More ]

Brentuximab Vedotin Improves Responses Lasting 4 Months in Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma

Wayne Kuznar

February 2017, Vol 8, No 1 - Lymphoma

San Diego, CA—Brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris) monotherapy significantly improved the objective response rate (ORR) lasting ≥4 months compared with the investigator’s choice of standard therapy in patients with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL), reported Youn H. Kim, MD, Director, Multidisciplinary Cutaneous Lymphoma Clinic, Stanford University School of Medicine, CA, at the 2016 American Society of Hematology meeting. [ Read More ]