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    New guidelines recommend newborns with Down’s syndrome to receive leukemia test

    Thursday, June 21, 2018 -- New genetic testing has been developed at the University of Oxford to detect early signs of a potentially fatal condition that can also develop into full blown leukaemia in children with Down’s syndrome.

    Amgen's blood cancer drug gets full EU licence

    Wednesday, June 20, 2018 -- Amgen’s Blincyto has been granted a full European licence in a form of blood cancer following data showing the drug almost doubled overall survival time compared with standard therapy. The company said the European Commission granted the marketing...

    Comparable outcomes of patients eligible vs ineligible for SWOG leukemia studies

    Thursday, June 21, 2018 -- Patients may be deemed ineligible for a clinical trial for reasons that do not directly impact efficacy or safety. We identified reasons for ineligibility and compared outcomes of ineligible with eligible patients treated on Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) Leukemia Committee protocols. Patients enrolled in SWOG phase 2, 2/3, or 3 protocols open since 2005 were analyzed for eligibility status, reasons for ineligibility, baseline characteristics, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status (PS), serious adverse events (SAEs), complete remission (CR) status, and overall survival. A total of 2361 patients were enrolled in the 13 included studies. Of these, 247 (10%) were deemed ineligible; 78 were excluded from analyses, and 169 were included. Of the 169 included in analyses, 60% (101/169)

    TRAIL mediates and sustains constitutive NF-{kappa}B activation in LGL leukemia

    Thursday, June 21, 2018 -- Large granular lymphocyte (LGL) leukemia results from clonal expansion of CD3+ cytotoxic T lymphocytes or CD3– natural killer (NK) cells. Chronic antigen stimulation is postulated to promote long-term survival of LGL leukemia cells through constitutive activation of multiple survival pathways, resulting in global dysregulation of apoptosis and resistance to activation-induced cell death. We reported previously that nuclear factor B (NF-B) is a central regulator of the survival network for leukemic LGL. However, the mechanisms that trigger constitutive activation of NF-B in LGL leukemia remain undefined. Tumor necrosis factor–related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL) is known to induce apoptosis in tumor cells but can also activate NF-B through interaction with TRAIL receptors 1, 2, and 4 (also known as DR4, DR5, and

    ABBVIE: AbbVie Announces New Undetectable Minimal Residual Disease Data from Phase 3 Relapsed/Refractory Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia MURANO Trial of Venetoclax in Combination with Rituximab at 23rd European Hematology Association Annual Congress

    Wednesday, June 20, 2018 -- AbbVie (NYSE: ABBV), a research-based global biopharmaceutical company, today announced the presentation of investigational data from a new analysis of undetectable minimal residual disease (uMRD) rates from the pivotal Phase 3 MURANO trial of venetoclax, a first-in-class oral B-cell lymphoma-2 (BCL-2) inhibitor, in combination with rituximab (VenR) in patients with relapsed or refractory (R/R) chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Read more..