[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Purpose:
The randomized HD2000 trial compared six cycles of ABVD (doxorubicin, bleomycin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine), four escalated plus two standard cycles of BEACOPP (bleomycin, etoposide, doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, vincristine, procarbazine, and prednisone), and six cycles of COPP-EBV-CAD (cyclophosphamide, lomustine, vindesine, melphalan, prednisone, epidoxorubicin, vincristine, procarbazine, vinblastine, and bleomycin; CEC) in patients with advanced-stage Hodgkin lymphoma. After a median follow-up of 42 months, patients who received BEACOPP were reported to have experienced better progression-free survival (PFS) but not better overall survival (OS) results than those receiving ABVD. We here report a post hoc analysis of this trial after a median follow-up of 10 years.
Patients and methods:
Three hundred seven patients were enrolled, 295 of whom were evaluable. At the time of our analysis, the median follow-up for the entire group was 120 months (range, 4 to 169 months).
The 10-year PFS results for the ABVD, BEACOPP, and CEC arms were 69%, 75%, and 76%, respectively; corresponding OS results were 85%, 84%, and 86%. Overall, 13 second malignancies were reported: one in the ABVD arm and six each in the BEACOPP and CEC arms. The cumulative risk of developing second malignancies at 10 years was 0.9%, 6.6%, and 6% with ABVD, BEACOPP, and CEC, respectively; the risk with either BEACOPP or CEC was significantly higher than that reported with ABVD (P = .027 and .02, respectively).
With these mature results, we confirm that patients with advanced Hodgkin lymphoma have similar OS results when treated with ABVD, BEACOPP, or CEC. However, with longer follow-up, we were not able to confirm the superiority of BEACOPP over ABVD in terms of PFS, mainly because of higher mortality rates resulting from second malignancies observed after treatment with BEACOPP and CEC.
Preview · Article · Dec 2015 · Journal of Clinical Oncology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: The primary objective of this study was to investigate whether the presence of comorbidities was associated with a lower health-related quality of life (HRQOL) in elderly patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). A sample of 174 CML patients aged 60 years or above was analyzed. HRQOL was assessed with the Medical Outcomes Study 36-Item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-36). A number of pre-selected sociodemographic and disease-related factors were considered as potential confounding factors for the association between comorbidity and HRQOL. Mean age of the 174 patients analyzed was 70 years (range 60-87 years) and 55 % were male. Overall, 111 patients (64 %) reported at least one comorbidity. Analysis stratified by age group category showed a greater proportion of patients with comorbidities in the older sub-group population (≥70 years) compared to younger patients (60 to 69 years). Differences in HRQOL outcomes between patients with no comorbidity at all and those with two or more comorbid conditions were at least twice the magnitude of a clinically meaningful difference in all the physical and mental health scales of the SF-36. In multivariate analysis, after adjusting for key confounding factors, the following scales were significantly lower in those with comorbidity: general health (p < 0.001), bodily pain (p < 0.001), physical functioning (p = 0.002), and vitality (p = 0.002). Assessing comorbidity in elderly patients with CML is important to facilitate identification of those most in need of HRQOL improvements.
Full-text · Article · Nov 2015 · Annals of Hematology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Chronic myeloid leukemia was the first haematological neoplasia that benefited from a targeted therapy with imatinib nearly 15 years ago. Since then, several studies have investigated the role of genes, their variants (i.e., polymorphisms) and their encoded proteins in the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of BCR-ABL1 tyrosine kinase activity inhibitors (TKIs). Transmembrane transporters seem to influence in a significant manner the disposition of TKIs, especially that of imatinib at both cellular and systemic levels. In particular, members of the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) family (namely ABCB1 and ABCG2) together with solute carrier (SLC) transporters (i.e., SLC22A1) are responsible for the differences in drug pharmacokinetics. In the case of the newer TKIs, such as nilotinib and dasatinib, the substrate affinity of these drugs for transporters is variable but lower than that measured for imatinib. In this scenario, the investigation of genetic variants as possible predictive markers has led to some discordant results. With the partial exception of imatinib, these discrepancies seem to limit the application of discovered biomarkers in the clinical settings. In order to overcome these issues, larger prospective confirmative trials are needed.
Preview · Article · Sep 2015 · International Journal of Molecular Sciences
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Imatinib is a tyrosine kinase inhibitor that has revolutionized the treatment of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). Despite its efficacy, about a third of patients discontinue the treatment due to therapy failure or intolerance. The rational identification of patients less likely to respond to imatinib would be of paramount clinical relevance. We have shown that transmembrane transporter hOCT1 genotyping predicts imatinib activity. In parallel, Polycomb group genes (PcGs) are epigenetic repressors implicated in CML progression and in therapy resistance.
Patients & methods:
We measured the expression of eight PcGs in paired pre- and post-imatinib bone marrow samples from 30 CML patients.
BMI1, PHC3, CBX6 and CBX7 expression was significantly increased during imatinib treatment. Post-treatment levels of CBX6 and CBX7 predicted 3-month response rate. Measurement of post-treatment BMI1 levels improved the predictive power of hOCT1 genotyping.
These results suggest that the expression levels of PcGs might be useful for a more accurate risk stratification of CML patients.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Several factors are predictive of treatment-free remission (TFR) in chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) but few data exist on the role of natural killer (NK) cells and their killer- immunoglobin-like receptors (KIRs). KIR and HLA genotypes were investigated in 36 CML patients who discontinued tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) treatment after achieving deep molecular response (MR(4.5)). Cumulative TFR was significantly higher in patients homozygous for KIR A haplotype (85.7% vs 45.5%; p=0.029). Younger age, Bx haplotype and the combination KIR3DS1/KIR3DL1present/HLA-Bw4 present were significantly associated with relapse. KIR genotypes could prove useful in identifying patients that are likely to maintain MR(4.5) after discontinuing TKI treatment.
Full-text · Article · Aug 2015 · Experimental hematology
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) is characterized by a balanced translocation juxtaposing the Abelson (ABL) and breakpoint cluster region (BCR) genes. The resulting BCR-ABL1 oncogene leads to increased proliferation and survival of leukemic cells. Successful treatment of CML has been accompanied by steady improvements in our capacity to accurately and sensitively monitor therapy response. Currently, measurement of BCR-ABL1 mRNA transcript levels by real-time quantitative PCR (RQ-PCR) defines critical response endpoints. An antibody-based technique for BCR-ABL1 protein recognition could be an attractive alternative to RQ-PCR. To date, there have been no studies evaluating whether flow-cytometry based assays could be of clinical utility in evaluating residual disease in CML patients. Here we describe a flow-cytometry assay that detects the presence of BCR-ABL1 fusion proteins in CML lysates to determine the applicability, reliability, and specificity of this method for both diagnosis and monitoring of CML patients for initial response to therapy. We show that: i) CML can be properly diagnosed at onset, (ii) follow-up assessments show detectable fusion protein (i.e. relative mean fluorescent intensity, rMFI%>1) when BCR-ABL1IS transcripts are between 1-10%, and (iii) rMFI% levels predict CCyR as defined by FISH analysis. Overall, the FCBA assay is a rapid technique, fully translatable to the routine management of CML patients.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We performed gene expression assays for understanding the molecular pathways affected by Bortezomib and Arsenic Trioxide treatment on the P39 cell line. Bortezomib treatment has shown upregulated DIABLO and NF-κB IB (a NF-κB inhibitor, and downregulated NF-κB 1, NF-κB 2, and BIRC1 gene expressions. Combination treatment of two compounds were shown gene expression deregulations which were in concordance by the results of single Bortezomib treatment. Especially, P53 was a pathway more significantly modified and a gene network centralised around Beta Estradiol gene. Beta Estradiol, BRCA2 and FOXA1 genes were remarkable deregulations between our findings. Results support the suggestions about possible use of proteasome inhibitors in the treatment of high-risk myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS). NF-κB was observed as an important modulator in leukemic transformation of MDS.
Full-text · Article · Dec 2014 · Turkish Journal of Haematology
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The role of the minimal residual disease (MRD) in follicular lymphoma is still debated. In this study, we assessed whether the BCL2/IGH rearrangement could have a prognostic role in patients receiving R-CHOP, R-FM, or R-CVP.
DNAs from 415 patients among the 504 cases enrolled in the FOLL05 trial (NCT00774826) were centralized and assessed for the BCL2/IGH at diagnosis, at the end of treatment, and after 12 and 24 months.
At diagnosis, the molecular marker was detected in 53% of cases. Patients without molecular marker or with a low molecular tumor burden (<1 × 10(-4) copies) showed higher complete remission (CR) rate and longer progression-free survival (PFS; 3-year PFS 80% vs. 59%; P = 0.015). PFS was significantly conditioned by the PCR status at 12 and 24 months, with 3-year PFS of 66% for MRD(-) cases versus 41% for those MRD(+) at 12 months (P = 0.015), and 84% versus 50% at 24 months (P = 0.014). The MRD negativity at 12 and 24 months resulted in an improved PFS both in CR and in partial remission (PR) patients (3-year PFS = 72% for cases CR/PCR(-) vs. 32% for those CR/PCR(+) vs. 62% for those PR/PCR(-) and 25% for patients in PR/PCR(+); P = 0.001). The prognostic value of MRD at 12 and 24 months of follow-up was confirmed also in multivariate analysis.
In this study, standardized molecular techniques have been adopted and applied on bone marrow samples from a large cohort. Data reported show that the MRD detection is a powerful independent predictor of PFS in patients with follicular lymphoma receiving conventional chemoimmunotherapy.
No preview · Article · Oct 2014 · Clinical Cancer Research