LLS Patient Education: Novel Therapeutic Options for Lymphoma, An Evening with Experts from Weill Cornell

Novel Therapeutic Options for Lymphoma:
What Every Patient Needs to Know about Ibrutinib, Idelalisib, and Other New Drug

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) in partnership with Weill Cornell Medical College and NewYork-Presbyterian Weill Cornell Medical Center are presenting a patient education event on Wednesday, April 30 at Weill Cornell Medical College.

Click here to register or contact Trisha Ouellette at (212) 376-4762.

Topics:

  • General overview of lymphoma
  • Clinical Trials/Select New Therapies
  • Complementary Medicine
  • Panel Discussion/Q&A

Moderators:

John Leonard, MD

Speakers:

Richard Furman, MD
Peter Martin, MD
Jia Ruan, MD

Date and Time:

Wednesday, April 30, 2014 5:30pm-8pm

Location:

The Griffis Faculty Club at Weill Cornell Medical College
521 East 68th Street (east of York Avenue)
New York, NY 10021

A light dinner will be provided

More information can be found here

Two Newly Opened Clinical Trials Evaluate Idelalisib in Indolent non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

The Weill Cornell Lymphoma Program has recently opened two clinical trials evaluating the experimental drug idelalisib in previously treated indolent non-Hodgkin lymphomas (iNHL). The sponsor of the trials is Gilead Sciences.  The principal investigator at Weill Cornell is Dr. Peter Martin. For more information about the studies please call Amelyn Rodriguez, RN at (212) 746-1362 or e-mail Amelyn at amr2017@med.cornell.edu.

Idelalisib (GS-1101, previously CAL-101) works by blocking some of the cell functions that cause iNHL to grow and survive.

Gilead 0124: Idelalisib in Combination With Rituximab 

This study evaluates the effectiveness of idelalisib combined with rituximab in treating iNHL. Rituximab is FDA-approved for treating iNHL. It is possible that giving rituximab together with idelalisib may have more activity against iNHL than giving rituximab alone.

Key Eligibility

  • Men and women age 18 and older
  • B-cell indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma (iNHL)
  • Have received prior therapy containing anti-CD20 antibody
  • iNHL is not refractory to rituximab

Click here for a detailed summary of this trial.

Gilead 0125: Idelalisib in Combination With Bendamustine and Rituximab

Update: this study is closed to enrollment. 

This study evaluates the effectiveness of idelalisib combined with bendamustine and rituximab. Rituximab and bendamustine are FDA-approved for treating iNHL. It is possible that giving rituximab and bendamustine together with idelalisib is more effective in treating iNHL than giving rituximab and bendamustine alone.

Key Eligibility

  • Men and women age 18 and older
  • B-cell indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Have received prior therapy containing anti-CD20 antibody and chemotherapy
  • iNHL is not refractory to bendamustine

Click here for a detailed summary of this trial.

Dose-Adjusted EPOCH-Rituximab Shows Encouraging Results for Patients with Primary Mediastinal B-Cell Lymphoma

Initially recognized in the 1980s, primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma (PMBCL) is a subtype of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) arising in the thymus. Representing less than 3% of non-Hodgkin lymphoma cases, PMBCL has a skewed age distribution affecting young adults, especially young women. Historically, patients with PMBCL have been treated with mediastinal radiation following chemotherapy based on evidence that chemotherapy alone was insufficient. Despite the high cure rates with this strategy, mediastinal radiation in young patients can be associated with late adverse effects, including premature cardiovascular disease and secondary cancers.

Researchers from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and their partner institutions recently completed a phase II study of infusional dose-adjusted etoposide, doxorubicin, and cyclophosphamide with vincristine, prednisone, and rituximab (DA-EPOCH-R) with no mediastinal radiation complement. In 51 patients with a median age of 30 years, of which 59% were women, the overall survival rate was 97% at the median 5-year follow-up. From these results, researchers suggested that DA-EPOCH-R therapy obviated the need for radiotherapy in patients with PMBCL.  

While these results from this phase II study are encouraging, they will need to be confirmed with further research.