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Imbruvica Found to Extend Survival in CLL Patients (June 19, 2014)

Researchers reported at the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago that chronic lymphoid leukemia (CLL) patients treated with Imbruvica™ (ibrutinib) showed improved survival... Continue Reading

Arzerra Plus Chlorambucil Approved for Previously Untreated CLL (April 30, 2014)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a Supplemental Biologic License Application (sBLA) for the use of Arzerra® (ofatumumab) in combination with chlorambucil in previously untreated... Continue Reading

SYNRIBO® Approved for use in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (February 21, 2014)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted full approval of SYNRIBO® (omacetaxine mepesuccinate) for injection. SYNRIBO is indicated for adult patients with chronic phase (CP +0.28%, news)... Continue Reading

Ibrutinib approved by FDA for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (February 12, 2014)

On February 12, 2014, the U. S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to ibrutinib (IMBRUVICA, Pharmacyclics, Inc.) for the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)... Continue Reading

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Phase III Trial Stopped After Data Shows Clear Advantage for Imbruvica (January 17, 2014)

An Independent Data Monitoring Committee (IDMC) recommended that a phase 3 study be stopped early after data indicated that Imbruvica™ (ibrutinib) provided a clear survival advantage compared with the... Continue Reading

Link Between Allergies and Blood Cancers in Women (January 1, 2014)

Researchers have found a link between airborne allergies and the risk of blood cancers in women, according to the results of a study published in the American Journal of Hematology. Cancer research has... Continue Reading

Mylotarg Reduces Risk of Relapse in Childhood AML (December 20, 2013)

Mylotarg® (gemtuzumab ozogamicin)—a drug that was withdrawn from the market in 2010 because of uncertain benefit and safety concerns—reduces the risk of relapse in children and young adults with acute... Continue Reading

Reduced-Intensity Stem Cell Transplant Minimizes Effects on Mental Functioning (December 20, 2013)

In contrast to full-intensity stem cell transplants, reduced-intensity stem-cell transplants appear to have little effect on cognitive function. These results were presented at the 2013 Annual Meeting... Continue Reading

Marriage May Have a Protective Effect for Cancer Patients (December 17, 2013)

Social support may have a significant impact on cancer detection, treatment, and survival, according to the results of a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. The study showed that married... Continue Reading

Gazyva/Chlorambucil Improves Outcomes in Older CLL Patients with Other Health Problems (December 16, 2013)

Among older people with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and other health problems, initial treatment with Gazyva® (obinutuzumab) and chlorambucil was more effective than treatment with Rituxan® (rituximab)... Continue Reading

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Screening/Prevention

Link Between Allergies and Blood Cancers in Women (January 1, 2014)

Researchers have found a link between airborne allergies and the risk of blood cancers in women, according to the results of a study published in the American Journal of Hematology. Cancer research has increasingly become focused on the immune system... Continue Reading

Childhood CT Scans Linked to Leukemia and Brain Cancer Later in Life (June 20, 2012)

Children and young adults who undergo multiple computed tomography (CT) scans have an increased risk of leukemia and brain tumors in the decade following their first scan, according to the results of a study published in The Lancet. CT scans are a common... Continue Reading

Aspirin Continues to Look Promising for Cancer Prevention (March 26, 2012)

A combined analysis of 51 randomized trials found that daily aspirin use reduces the risk of new cancer diagnoses as well as the risk of cancer death. These results were published in The Lancet. A growing body of evidence suggests that aspirin may reduce... Continue Reading

Greater Cancer Risk Among Taller Women (July 28, 2011)

Taller women may have an increased risk of developing certain cancers. Overall, cancer risk increases by 16% for every 4-inch increase in height. These findings were recently reported in Lancet Oncology. Greater insight into height and cancer risk may... Continue Reading

Stay on Top of Your Family History of Cancer (July 15, 2011)

People who are at high risk of cancer as a result of their family history may be advised to undergo earlier or more intensive cancer screening. Because family history of cancer can change over time, it’s important to update this information periodically... Continue Reading

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Chronic Lymphoblastic

Gazyva/Chlorambucil Improves Outcomes in Older CLL Patients with Other Health Problems (December 16, 2013)

Among older people with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and other health problems, initial treatment with Gazyva® (obinutuzumab) and chlorambucil was more effective than treatment with Rituxan® (rituximab) and chlorambucil. These results were presented... Continue Reading

Ibrutinib Active In Untreated, Relapsed and Unresponsive CLL (June 3, 2013)

The drug ibrutinib was well tolerated and highly effective in patients with untreated, relapsed and unresponsive chronic lymphocytic leukemia—leading to large reductions in tumor burden, according to the results of a study presented at the American... Continue Reading

Lymphoma Patients and Transplant Recipients at Higher Risk of Melanoma (October 11, 2012)

Individuals with lymphoma or those who have undergone organ transplants are far more likely than the average person to develop—and die from—melanoma, according to the results of a review published in Mayo Clinic Proceedings. Melanoma is a potentially... Continue Reading

Many Patients with “Chemo Brain” Recover within Five Years (May 23, 2011)

A study of “chemo brain”—the foggy thinking and forgetfulness that patients may experience after chemotherapy—suggests that the condition improves substantially over time for a majority of patients. For some patients, however, symptoms may persist... Continue Reading

Survivors of Some Childhood Cancers May Face Cognitive Impairment (May 18, 2010)

Survivors of non-central nervous system (CNS) childhood cancers reported a statistically and clinically significantly higher rate of neurocognitive impairment than their cancer-free siblings, according to the results of a study published in the Journal... Continue Reading

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Acute Lymphoblastic

Iclusig Approved for CML and ALL (January 4, 2013)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Iclusig™ (ponatinib) to treat adults with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph+ ALL), two rare blood and bone marrow diseases. Chronic... Continue Reading

Blinatumomab Prolongs Survival in Relapsed/Refractory Adult ALL (December 14, 2012)

Blinatumomab induces high complete remission rates and prolongs survival in adult patients with relapsed/refractory B-precursor acute lymphoblastic lymphoma (ALL), according to the results of a study presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the American... Continue Reading

Marqibo Approved for Treatment of Philadelphia-Negative ALL (August 17, 2012)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Marqibo® (vincristine sulfate liposome injection) to treat adults with Philadelphia chromosome negative (Ph-) acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) whose leukemia has returned or progressed following... Continue Reading

One Subset of Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia is Best Treated with Chemotherapy (April 20, 2012)

A subset of young patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) who fail to achieve remission after the initial weeks of intense chemotherapy known as induction therapy appear to have better outcomes with additional chemotherapy rather than bone marrow... Continue Reading

Survival Continues to Improve Among Children and Adolescents with ALL (March 15, 2012)

Between 1990 and 2005, five-year survival for children and adolescents with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) increased from 83.7 percent to 90.4 percent. These results were published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. ALL—a fast-growing cancer of... Continue Reading

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Acute Myeloid

Mylotarg Reduces Risk of Relapse in Childhood AML (December 20, 2013)

Mylotarg® (gemtuzumab ozogamicin)—a drug that was withdrawn from the market in 2010 because of uncertain benefit and safety concerns—reduces the risk of relapse in children and young adults with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). These results were presented... Continue Reading

Busulfex Superior to Total Body Irradiation in AML in First Remission (November 1, 2013)

Myeloablative conditioning with cyclophosphamide and Busulfex® (intravenous busulfan) was associated with better leukemia-free and overall survival than conditioning with cyclosphosphamide and total-body irradiation (TBI) in patients with acute myeloid... Continue Reading

CPX-351 Highly Active in Older Patients with AML (January 18, 2013)

CPX-351 is highly active in all patient subgroups and produced the greatest benefits in response rate and reduction in 60-day mortality compared to standard therapy in older patients with secondary acute myeloid leukemia and adverse cytogenetics, according... Continue Reading

Combination of Revlimid and Vidaza Beneficial in Untreated Elderly Patients with AML (January 14, 2013)

The sequential combination of Vidaza® (azacitidine) and Revlimid® (lenalidomide) shows evidence of clinical activity as initial therapy for older patients with acute myeloid leukemia, according to the results of a phase II study presented at the 54th... Continue Reading

Quizartinib Shows Promise in Treatment-Resistant AML (December 19, 2012)

The targeted agent quizartinib showed promise in the treatment of a subset of patients with treatment-resistant acute myeloid leukemia (AML), according to the results of a study presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology... Continue Reading

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Acute Promyelocytic

Many Patients with “Chemo Brain” Recover within Five Years (May 23, 2011)

A study of “chemo brain”—the foggy thinking and forgetfulness that patients may experience after chemotherapy—suggests that the condition improves substantially over time for a majority of patients. For some patients, however, symptoms may persist... Continue Reading

September Is National Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month (August 28, 2009)

As the month of September brings leukemia and lymphoma into focus, it’s time to increase public understanding of these diseases, including their prevalence, approaches to screening and prevention, treatment options, and resources that offer updated... Continue Reading

Arsenic Trioxide Effective as Single Agent in Newly Diagnosed APL (March 31, 2006)

Arsenic Trioxide Effective as Single Agent in Newly Diagnosed APL According to an article recently published in the journal Blood, the agent arsenic trioxide, when used as a single agent, provides impressive outcomes among patients with newly diagnosed... Continue Reading

Elderly with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia Achieve Long-Term Survival with Treatment (August 19, 2004)

Elderly with Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia Achieve Long-Term Survival with Treatment According to results published in a recent advanced online article in the journal Blood, long-term cancer-free survival can be achieved with treatment consisting of... Continue Reading

ATRA Plus Trisenox®: A Promising Treatment for Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia (December 17, 2003)

ATRA Plus Trisenox®: A Promising Treatment for Acute Promyelocytic Leukemia According to results presented at the 2003 annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology, the combination of all trans-retinoic acid (ATRA) and arsenic trioxide... Continue Reading

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Chronic Myeloid

SYNRIBO® Approved for use in Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (February 21, 2014)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted full approval of SYNRIBO® (omacetaxine mepesuccinate) for injection. SYNRIBO is indicated for adult patients with chronic phase (CP +0.28%, news) or accelerated phase (AP) chronic myeloid leukemia... Continue Reading

Iclusig Approved for CML and ALL (January 4, 2013)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Iclusig™ (ponatinib) to treat adults with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) and Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph+ ALL), two rare blood and bone marrow diseases. Chronic... Continue Reading

Tasigna Superior to Gleevec for Philadelphia Chromosome-Positive CML (December 21, 2012)

Tasigna® (nilotinib) is superior to Gleevec® (imatinib) for the treatment of patients with Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), according to the results of two studies presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the American... Continue Reading

Synribo Approved for CML (November 8, 2012)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration today approved Synribo (omacetaxine mepesuccinate) to treat adults with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), a blood and bone marrow disease that usually affects older adults. Each year in the United States, approximately... Continue Reading

Bosulif Approved for CML (September 26, 2012)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Bosulif® (bosutinib) to treat chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML), a blood and bone marrow disease that usually affects older adults. The drug is intended for patients with chronic, accelerated... Continue Reading

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Hairy Cell

Many Patients with “Chemo Brain” Recover within Five Years (May 23, 2011)

A study of “chemo brain”—the foggy thinking and forgetfulness that patients may experience after chemotherapy—suggests that the condition improves substantially over time for a majority of patients. For some patients, however, symptoms may persist... Continue Reading

September Is National Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month (August 28, 2009)

As the month of September brings leukemia and lymphoma into focus, it’s time to increase public understanding of these diseases, including their prevalence, approaches to screening and prevention, treatment options, and resources that offer updated... Continue Reading

Patients with Hairy Cell Leukemia Have an Increased Risk of Second Cancers (February 7, 2007)

Patients with Hairy Cell Leukemia Have an Increased Risk of Second Cancers According to an article recently published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, patients with hairy cell leukemia are at an increased risk of developing a second cancer... Continue Reading

Vaccine Highly Effective in Hairy Cell Leukemia (September 19, 2005)

Vaccine Highly Effective in Hairy Cell Leukemia According to a recent article published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, the vaccine referred to as recombinant immunotoxin RFB4(dsFv)-PE38 (BL22) is highly effective in the treatment of hairy cell leukemia... Continue Reading

Simple Diagnostic Test for Hairy Cell Leukemia (August 30, 2004)

Simple Diagnostic Test for Hairy Cell Leukemia According to a recent article published in The Lancet, a marker identified by gene profiling referred to as Annexin A1 (ANXA1) can help distinguish hairy cell leukemia from different kinds of leukemia. Hairy... Continue Reading

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Adult Acute Lymphoblastic

Dramatic Results Seen in Early Trials of Novel Lymphoma Treatment (July 21, 2014)

A new treatment approach for B-Cell lymphoma patients developed at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and licensed to Kite Pharmaceuticals is showing dramatic results in pilot clinical trials. The treatment, which involves extracting specific white blood... Continue Reading

Many Patients with “Chemo Brain” Recover within Five Years (May 23, 2011)

A study of “chemo brain”—the foggy thinking and forgetfulness that patients may experience after chemotherapy—suggests that the condition improves substantially over time for a majority of patients. For some patients, however, symptoms may persist... Continue Reading

September Is National Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month (August 28, 2009)

As the month of September brings leukemia and lymphoma into focus, it’s time to increase public understanding of these diseases, including their prevalence, approaches to screening and prevention, treatment options, and resources that offer updated... Continue Reading

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Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic

One Subset of Childhood Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia is Best Treated with Chemotherapy (April 20, 2012)

A subset of young patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) who fail to achieve remission after the initial weeks of intense chemotherapy known as induction therapy appear to have better outcomes with additional chemotherapy rather than bone marrow... Continue Reading

Many Patients with “Chemo Brain” Recover within Five Years (May 23, 2011)

A study of “chemo brain”—the foggy thinking and forgetfulness that patients may experience after chemotherapy—suggests that the condition improves substantially over time for a majority of patients. For some patients, however, symptoms may persist... Continue Reading

September Is National Leukemia and Lymphoma Awareness Month (August 28, 2009)

As the month of September brings leukemia and lymphoma into focus, it’s time to increase public understanding of these diseases, including their prevalence, approaches to screening and prevention, treatment options, and resources that offer updated... Continue Reading

Eliminating Preventive Radiation in Children with ALL (June 24, 2009)

Children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) who are treated with effective, risk-adjusted chemotherapy regimens have good outcomes and may safely be able to avoid preventive radiation therapy to the brain. These results were published in the New... Continue Reading

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Chronic Lymphocytic

Dramatic Results Seen in Early Trials of Novel Lymphoma Treatment (July 21, 2014)

A new treatment approach for B-Cell lymphoma patients developed at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and licensed to Kite Pharmaceuticals is showing dramatic results in pilot clinical trials. The treatment, which involves extracting specific white blood... Continue Reading

Imbruvica Found to Extend Survival in CLL Patients (June 19, 2014)

Researchers reported at the annual American Society of Clinical Oncology meeting in Chicago that chronic lymphoid leukemia (CLL) patients treated with Imbruvica™ (ibrutinib) showed improved survival when compared to those treated with Arzerra® (ofatumumab).... Continue Reading

Arzerra Plus Chlorambucil Approved for Previously Untreated CLL (April 30, 2014)

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a Supplemental Biologic License Application (sBLA) for the use of Arzerra® (ofatumumab) in combination with chlorambucil in previously untreated patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)... Continue Reading

Ibrutinib approved by FDA for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (February 12, 2014)

On February 12, 2014, the U. S. Food and Drug Administration granted accelerated approval to ibrutinib (IMBRUVICA, Pharmacyclics, Inc.) for the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who have received at least one prior therapy. ... Continue Reading

Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Phase III Trial Stopped After Data Shows Clear Advantage for Imbruvica (January 17, 2014)

An Independent Data Monitoring Committee (IDMC) recommended that a phase 3 study be stopped early after data indicated that Imbruvica™ (ibrutinib) provided a clear survival advantage compared with the control drug in patients with chronic lymphocytic... Continue Reading

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