Leukemia and Lymphoma

On October 31, 2017, the FDA granted an accelerated approval for acalabrutinib (Calquence; AstraZeneca), an oral BTK inhibitor, for the treatment of adults with mantle-cell lymphoma who have received at least 1 therapy.
On January 19, 2017, the FDA granted accelerated approval of a new indication for ibrutinib (Imbruvica; Pharmacyclics) for the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory MZL who require systemic therapy after at least 1 anti-CD20–based therapy.
On August 3, 2017, the FDA granted an accelerated approval for the new combination of daunorubicin and cytarabine liposome (Vyxeos; Jazz Pharmaceuticals), an intravenously infused drug, for the treatment of adults with newly diagnosed therapy-related AML or AML with myelodysplasia-related changes.
On October 18, 2017, Yescarta (axicabtagene ciloleucel; Kite Pharma) was approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the treatment of adults with certain types of relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma after receiving 2 or more lines of systemic therapy; these types include DLBCL not otherwise specified, primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma, high-grade B-cell lymphoma, and DLBCL arising from follicular lymphoma.
These results make quizartinib the first FLT3 inhibitor to demonstrate such improvement over chemotherapy in this patient population.
With 5-year survival rates for Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) at 86% and 71%, respectively, the number of lymphoma survivors is on the rise, but achieving long-term quality of life after treatment is completed remains an ongoing challenge.
Treatments targeting immune responses against solid tumors have led to dramatic improvements in patient outcomes, but the role for immunotherapy in the treatment of acute leukemia is still being defined.
After nearly 40 years of negligible drug development, 2017 saw the approval of 4 drugs by the FDA for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
On August 1, 2017, the FDA approved enasidenib (Idhifa), an isocitrate dehydrogenase-2 inhibitor, for the treatment of adults with relapsed or refractory acute myeloid leukemia (AML) who have the IDH2 genetic mutation.
The FDA, on August 3, 2017, approved a fixed combination daunorubicin plus cytarabine (Vyxeos) injection for the treatment of adults with 2 types of acute myeloid leukemia (AML)—newly diagnosed, therapy-related AML (t-AML) and AML with myelodysplasia-related changes (AML-MRC).
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