Axicabtagene Ciloleucel and Increasing Accessibility to CAR T-Cell Therapy With Frederick Locke, MD

While the current standard of care for relapsed/refractory large B-cell lymphoma is high-dose therapy with autologous stem cell rescue, many patients do not respond to or cannot tolerate high-dose therapy. As a result, outcomes for second-line treatment remain poor. At the recent American Society of Hematology (ASH) 63rd Annual Meeting & Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Frederick Locke of Moffitt Cancer Center presented the primary results of ZUMA-7, a phase 3 clinical trial investigating...

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Safely Reducing Patient Hospital Stay After CAR T-Cell Therapy: Remote Patient Monitoring With Morie Gertz, MD

While chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapies have revolutionized the treatment landscape for patients with hematologic malignancies, challenges remain in the management of short-term toxicities, most notably cytokine release syndrome and neurologic symptoms. In nearly all cases to date, optimal management has only been achieved through inpatient admission for frequent monitoring; however, an onsite hospital stay can create a significant burden for the patient. As part of a study recent...

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Brexucabtagene Autoleucel Approved: Relapsed/Refractory B-Cell Precursor Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

The FDA has approved brexucabtagene autoleucel (TecartusTM, Kite Pharma), an autologous anti-CD19 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, for patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). "Despite treatment with novel therapies and allogeneic stem cell transplant consolidation, outcomes in adult patients with relapsed or refractory B-cell precursor ALL remain poor, underlining the need for more effective therapies," wrote Bijal D. Shah, MD, Ass...

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