Moving immunotherapy into the front line in ALL.

Moving immunotherapy into the front line in ALL. Hematology Am Soc Hematol Educ Program. 2019 Dec 06;2019(1):209-217 Authors: Winters A, Gore L Abstract Although almost 90% of children with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and ∼60% of children with acute myeloid leukemia are cured with frontline therapy, relapse and chemotherapy resistance are significant challenges that contribute to morbidity and mortality. Even with long-term survival, the acute and chronic burdens of therapy are major issues for patients and families. Long-term side effects occur, including cardiac, endocrinologic, neurcognitive, orthopedic, and psychosocial problems, and healthy survivorship is frequently compromised. With goals of minimizing relapse and/or decreasing traditional chemotherapy-associated toxicities, exploration of immunotherapeutic strategies has moved to the forefront in pediatric cancer. New immunotherapy approaches provide a major paradigm shift in oncology overall, often curing previously incurable patients. The past several years have yielded successful uses across a variety of malignancies, and enthusiasm continues to rise for applying these therapies more broadly. Herein we discuss current approaches incorporating the bispecific T-cell engager blinatumomab, the antibody-drug conjugate inotuzumab ozogamicin (InO), and CD19-directed chimeric antigen receptor T cells in children with relapsed/refractory B-cell ALL and discuss the potential for using these im...
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Source: Frontiers in Pharmacology - Category: Drugs & Pharmacology Source Type: research
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