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Leukemia
Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a type of blood cancer. Some patients with CLL may not need treatment right away, whereas others require more urgent attention. How do cancer specialists decide when to start patients on therapy?
Leukemia
There are important changes to beneficiaries’ Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage for 2020. These changes can affect how much patients must pay out of pocket for their medications, including certain cancer drugs.
Leukemia
In an updated analysis of 134 patients with relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who were treated with acalabrutinib monotherapy, more than 90% were still responding after 41 months of treatment.
Leukemia
Patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia or mantle-cell lymphoma who were started on acalabrutinib in the United States had high rates of comorbid hypertension and other hematologic malignancies, and about two-thirds received prior ibrutinib.
Leukemia
In shared decision-making, patients communicate their preferences and values to their healthcare team when treatment decisions are made. Patients who take an active role in the process tend to be more satisfied with their quality of care.
Leukemia
Oral medications are being used increasingly in cancer treatment plans and are more convenient to take compared with medications administered in the doctor’s office or hospital. Oral treatments, however, have their own set of challenges that require effective communication between the patient and the healthcare team.
CAR T-Cell Therapy Emerging for Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Leukemia
Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy could soon expand into chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Early clinical trials have shown responses in patients with CLL refractory to other therapies. Predicting which patients will respond is key to advancing CAR T-cell therapy into CLL.
Targeted Therapy Dominates CLL Treatment Landscape
Leukemia
Targeted therapy is at the forefront of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) treatment. In many cases, targeted agents offer superior outcomes to chemotherapy, with more manageable side effects. Multiple targeted therapy options are available, and some choices depend on certain molecular markers.
Cytogenetic Testing in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
Leukemia
Cytogenetic testing is used to identify genomic aberrations in patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). It estimates a patient’s outcomes and can predict response to certain therapies, and therefore is recommended for all patients with CLL at diagnosis.
Acalabrutinib Alone or in Combination More Effective than Chemoimmunotherapy in Previously Untreated CLL
Leukemia
A new study presented at a major medical meeting showed that fewer patients with treatment-naïve chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) who were treated with acalabrutinib alone or in combination with obinutuzumab had disease progression or died compared with a group of patients treated with the combination of obinutuzumab and chemotherapy.
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