The combination of the monoclonal antibody rituximab and the immunomodulatory agent lenalidomide (R2 regimen) showed significant survival advantage over single-agent rituximab in patients with relapsed/refractory indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma (R/R iNHL), which includes follicular lymphoma (FL) and marginal zone lymphoma (MZL), according to the results of the AUGMENT* trial presented at ASH 2018.
First-line therapy with the BTK* inhibitor ibrutinib plus the anti-CD20 immunotherapy rituximab confers significant survival advantage over the current gold-standard regimen of fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and rituximab (FCR) for young, fit patients with treatment-naïve chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), according to the E1912 trial, a large cooperative group study supported by the US National Cancer Institute.
Rivaroxaban may help reduce the incidence of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and VTE-related deaths in patients who are receiving systemic treatment for metastatic malignancies, but only if they keep taking the anticoagulant, according to findings of the phase IIIb CASSINI trial.
A single infusion of tisagenlecleucel, a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, improves overall remission rate (ORR) in children and young adults with CD19+ relapsed/refractory (r/r) B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), according to updated results of the ELIANA* study presented at ASH 2018.
The combination of brentuximab vedotin, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, and prednisone (A+CHP) more than doubled progression-free survival (PFS) as well as improved overall survival (OS) in patients with CD30-expressing peripheral T-cell lymphoma compared with a combination of cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (CHOP), according to results of the phase III ECHELON-2* trial.
Treatment with luspatercept, a first-in-class erythroid maturation agent, helps achieve red blood cell transfusion independence (RBC-TI) in patients with anaemia who had low-risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) with ring sideroblasts (RS), according to results of the MEDALIST* trial presented at ASH 2018.
Apixaban slashes the risk of recurrent venous thromboembolism (VTE) by 90 percent in cancer patients compared with the low-molecular-weight heparin (LMWH) dalteparin, with no increase in major bleeding risk, according to the ADAM VTE study presented at ASH 2018.
Findings from the updated analysis of the phase III MURANO* trial solidify the role of fixed-dose venetoclax plus rituximab in a majority of patients with relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL).
Obesity does not appear to be strongly correlated with an increased risk for febrile neutropaenia during levofloxacin prophylaxis in patients with haematological malignancies receiving intermediate-risk myelosuppressive chemotherapy, suggests a study.
Initiation or switch to the single-tablet regimen of bictegravir/emtricitabine/tenofovir alafenamide (TAF) led to low HIV-1 RNA viral load in people living with HIV (PLHIV), according to the BICSTaR study presented at HIV Glasgow 2020.
Use of corticosteroids appears to be an effective treatment for paediatric drug reaction with eosinophilia and systemic symptoms (DRESS), suggest the results of a recent study. In severe cases, corticosteroids used in conjunction with intravenous immunoglobulin result in fast clinical improvement.
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) seem to benefit from using chlorhexidine oral rinses twice daily as shown by the reduction in oral and sputum microbiota alpha diversity and by clinically significant improvements in COPD symptoms, according to a study presented at ID Week 2020.