Targeting p53 in the Treatment of Hematologic Malignancies With Matthew Davids, MD, MMSc

Matthew Davids, MD, MMSc.

Tumor suppressor gene p53 is the most frequently mutated gene in human malignancy. Through a complex series of molecular events, p53 leads to malignant cell proliferation and plays a significant role in tumor formation. In the Presidential Symposium at the 63rd American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia, Dr. Matthew Davids of Harvard Medical School discussed the current therapeutic strategies used to inhibit or reactivate mutant p53 in the treatment of hematologic malignancies. In this interview with Oncology Data Advisor, Dr. Davids delves further into the latest research in p53-directed therapeutic strategies and the future of targeting this specific mutation.  

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The Call to Understand Racial and Socioeconomic Disparities in Pediatric Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: Sumit Gupta, MD

Although survival in childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) has improved over the years, there remains a need to identify racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic health disparities that contribute to poor outcomes. In a study recently presented at the 63rd American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition, a team of researchers led by Dr. Sumit Gupta of the University of Toronto investigated the impact of race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status among young patients with ALL ...

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Lisocabtagene Maraleucel and the Transforming Treatment Landscape for Large B-Cell Lymphoma: Manali Kamdar, MD

For patients with relapsed/refractory large B-cell lymphoma (LBCL), treatment options are limited, and outcomes remain poor with the current standard of care. In the phase 3 TRANSFORM trial, Dr. Manali Kamdar, Clinical Director of Lymphoma Services at the University of Colorado Anschutz School of Medicine, and colleagues investigated the efficacy of lisocabtagene maraleucel (liso-cel), an anti-CD19–directed chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, in this setting. Dr. Kamdar recently pres...

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i3 Health and Oncology Data Advisor Announce ODACon 2022, a Rare Hematologic Malignancies Symposium

ROCHELLE PARK, NJ—January 12, 2022 – i3 Health and Oncology Data Advisor have announced that ODACon, a Rare Hematologic Malignancies Symposium, will be held on January 29, 2022. This 1-day virtual conference features 5 exclusive sessions on emerging data in hematologic malignancies, including acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), Hodgkin lymphoma (HL), mantle cell lymphoma (MCL), myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), and Waldenstrom macroglobulinemia (WM), all presented by expert faculty. Attendees can...

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Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Clinical Trial Enrollment for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia: Lori Muffly, MD, MS

Compared with the non-Hispanic White population, Hispanic and Black adolescents and young adults (AYA) with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) experience significantly inferior outcomes. In an analysis of the CALGB 10403 AYA trial presented at the recent American Society of Hematology (ASH) 63rd Annual Meeting & Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia, a team of researchers led by Dr. Lori Muffly, Associate Professor of Medicine at Stanford University, investigated racial and ethnic disparities in cl...

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Addressing Racial Disparities in Clinical Trial Recruitment: Alexis A. Thompson, MD, MPH

One of the issues surrounding hematology care is the underrepresentation of racial and ethnic minorities in clinical trials. At the recent 63rd American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia, Alexis A. Thompson, MD, MPH, past President of ASH and Professor of Pediatrics at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, shared her thoughts on strategies for remedying these disparities so that more inclusive care can be provided for patients with h...

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Polatuzumab Vedotin Plus R-CHP for Newly Diagnosed Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma: John Burke, MD

For patients with newly diagnosed diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), less than half of patients are cured with the current standard of care, and effective treatments are greatly needed. In the phase 3 POLARIX trial, a team of researchers investigated the efficacy of polatuzumab vedotin in combination with R-CHP (rituximab/cyclophosphamide/doxorubicin/prednisone) for this population. In this interview, one of the study's investigators, Dr. John Burke of Rocky Mountain Cancer Centers and the U...

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Duvelisib/Romidepsin for Patients With Relapsed/Refractory Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma: Steven M. Horwitz, MD

For patients with relapsed/refractory T-cell lymphoma (TCL), standard therapies provide an overall response rate of only 25% to 35%, and novel therapeutic options are greatly needed. In a study recently presented at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) 63rd Annual Meeting & Exposition in Atlanta, Georgia, a team of researchers led by Dr. Steven M. Horwitz, medical oncologist at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, investigated the efficacy of the phosphoinositide-3-kinase inhibitor du...

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CARG Chemotherapy Toxicity Calculator Found Not Valid for Older Patients With Hematologic Malignancies: Ashley Rosko, MD

Understanding the balance between effective treatments and health-related quality of life is crucial, especially when treating older adults with hematologic malignancies. The Cancer and Aging Research Group (CARG) chemotherapy toxicity calculator has been sufficiently studied and utilized in patients with solid tumors; however, its efficacy in the hematologic malignancy setting was previously unknown. In a study recently presented at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) 63rd Annual Meeting &...

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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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Improving Patient Experiences in Multiple Myeloma With Tiffany Richards, PhD, ANP-BC

At the Greater Los Angeles Oncology Nursing Society (GLAONS) Oncology Care Summit in Los Angeles, California, Oncology Data Advisor spoke with Tiffany Richards, PhD, ANP-BC, Advanced Practice Nurse at MD Anderson Cancer Center, about strategies for optimizing patient experiences during multiple myeloma treatment. Dr. Richards discusses the challenges of treating patients with multiple myeloma, particularly during the COVID-19 pandemic, and shares strategies for promoting adherence and optimizing...

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Recent Advances in T-Cell Lymphoma: A Conversation with Dr. Steven Horwitz


In this podcast, Dr. Steven Horwitz of  Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center discusses recent progress in the treatment and management of T-cell lymphoma. Listen now to hear more!

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FDA Issues Survival Alert for Melphalan Flufenamide in Multiple Myeloma Treatment

The FDA has issued an alert that melphalan flufenamide (Pepaxto®, Oncopeptides AB) in combination with dexamethasone has demonstrated an increased risk of death in the OCEAN trial (NCT03151811) of patients with multiple myeloma. Melphalan flufenamide plus dexamethasone was granted accelerated approval in February 2021 for patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma who have been treated with at least four prior lines of therapy and whose disease is refractory to at least one proteasome in...

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Antifungal Prophylaxis for Hematologic Malignancies: Yuan Wan, MD, PhD

While antifungal prophylaxis can effectively prevent invasive fungal infections in patients with hematologic diseases, there is no consensus on which prophylactic agents provide the greatest benefit for different patient populations. In a meta-analysis recently published in JAMA Network Open, a team of researchers found that among antifungal prophylactic agents, posaconazole may be the best option for patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) or myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), while voriconazo...

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Antifungal Prophylaxis for Hematologic Malignancies: Which Agent Is Best?

In a meta-analysis evaluating the efficacy of prophylactic agents against invasive fungal infections (IFIs) for patients with hematological diseases, investigators found that posaconazole may be the best option for patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) or myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS), although voriconazole may be the best option for patients undergoing hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). "Invasive fungal infections have emerged as important causes of morbidity and mortality i...

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How Cancer Type Affects COVID-19 Outcomes: Lennard Lee, DPhil, MRCP, BMBCh

While patients with cancer are at an increased risk of experiencing poor outcomes from COVID-19, there is significant variability in COVID-19 risk and mortality among patients with different tumor types and demographics such as age and sex, with those with hematologic malignancies facing the highest risk. In this interview with i3 Health, Lennard Lee, DPhil, MRCP, BMBCh, an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Birmingham's Institute of Cancer and Genomic Sciences, discusses the signific...

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COVID-19 and Cancer: Tumor Type Affects Risk and Outcomes

Among patients with cancer, different tumor types and patient demographics are associated with varying COVID-19 risk and mortality, with patients with hematologic malignancies experiencing the highest susceptibility and poorest outcomes, according to a study recently published in The Lancet Oncology. Patients with cancer have been identified as a subgroup with increased susceptibility to SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. "However, cancer encompasses many different diseases, with a dive...

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COVID-19 Outcomes in Patients With Cancer: Miao Liu, MD, PhD

Patients with cancer face unique challenges in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic: not only do they have an increased risk of contracting COVID-19 in hospital settings, but they also experience more severe clinical outcomes from the disease compared with patients without cancer. In this interview with i3 Health, Miao Liu, MD, PhD, one of the investigators who recently reported these findings in Cancer Discovery, discusses the difficult challenges that patients with cancer face as they continue t...

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