NCCN 8th Annual Congress: Hematologic Malignancies



No more hand-me-down therapies for WM

Erilyn Riley Read Article
Published: 09/30/13

Steven Treon, MD, PhD
Credit: Dana-Farber
Cancer Institute

Until recently, therapies to treat Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia (WM) have been borrowed from lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, or myeloma. But with our increased understanding of targeted signaling and the possibilities of novel therapies for this disease, WM is entering a new era, according to an expert. “We now have the ability to create targeted therapy for Waldenström’s macroglobulinemia,” said Steven Treon, MD, PhD, of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. [Read Article]

BM biopsy at day 14 no longer necessary in APL

Erilyn Riley Read Article
Published: 09/27/13

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Martin S. Tallman, MD

The NCCN guidelines panel has eliminated the recommendation of a bone marrow biopsy at day 14 during induction therapy for patients with acute promyelocytic leukemia (APL). And at least one expert questions the value of conducting a bone marrow biopsy in complete remission. Martin S. Tallman, MD, of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York and a member of the NCCN AML guidelines panel, suggested that the guidelines be revisited. “Unlike all other subtypes . . . [Read Article]

HLA match less important with cyclophosphamide

Erilyn Riley Read Article
Published: 09/26/13

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Richard J. Jones, MD

The holy grail of bone marrow transplant for the last 30 years has been the identification of a matched donor, which greatly limited the number of eligible patients. Now, with the availability of alternative donor sources, such as umbilical cord blood (UCB) and haploidentical tissue, virtually everyone has a donor. “If your patients need a bone marrow transplant,” said Richard J. Jones, MD, of the Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center, “they can get a bone marrow transplant.” [Read Article]


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