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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Daratumumab and Hyaluronidase-fihj FDA Approved for Multiple Myeloma

Daratumumab and hyaluronidase-fihj (Darzalex Faspro™, Janssen Biotech, Inc.) has been approved by the FDA and allows for subcutaneous dosing of daratumumab for adult patients with newly diagnosed or relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma. Previously, intravenous daratumumab was approved for the following indications for patients with multiple myeloma: in combination with bortezomib, melphalan, and prednisone, in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone, in combination with bortezomib and de...
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Multiple Myeloma, Vitamin D Deficiency, and Race

In patients with multiple myeloma, vitamin D deficiency negatively impacts overall survival in white patients but not in African American patients.Multiple myeloma is a hematologic malignancy that affects plasma cells in the bone marrow, causing damage to the immune system, surrounding organs, and bones. Because vitamin D plays a crucial role in bone health, maintaining an appropriate level of this vitamin is particularly important for patients with multiple myeloma. However, little research had...
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Ibrutinib/Rituximab FDA Approved: Treatment-Naive CLL/SLL

Today, the FDA expanded the approval of ibrutinib (Imbruvica®, Pharmacyclics LLC) to include combination therapy with rituximab for the first-line treatment of adults with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL). Ibrutinib, an oral Bruton's tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor, has previously been approved for treatment-naive CLL in combination with obinutuzumab.The new approval was based on the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) E1912 trial (NCT02048813), a mult...
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Myelodysplastic Syndromes: FDA Approves Luspatercept-aamt for Anemia

Patients with anemia and lower-risk myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS) are usually treated with erythropoiesis-stimulating agent therapy; however, this treatment method is not always effective in this patient population, and many rely on blood transfusions to treat MDS-related anemia. But now with the recent FDA approval of luspatercept-aamt (Reblozyl®, Celgene Corporation), those patients may no longer be dependent on blood transfusions.Luspatercept-aamt was recently FDA approved for the treatment...
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