2018 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting

The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) is the world’s leading organization for physicians and oncology professionals who care for people with cancer. Each year, ASCO’s Annual Meeting brings together over 30,000 oncology professionals from around the world to discuss state-of-the-art treatment modalities, new therapies and ongoing controversies in the field.

Our Lymphoma Program is proud to have been part of several research studies presented at this year’s meeting, contributing to new discoveries across a range of lymphoma subtypes. Here are the latest updates from our team:

T-Cell Lymphoma

An unmet treatment need exists for peripheral T-cell lymphoma patients, especially those with relapsed/refractory disease. Dr. Jia Ruan was part of a research team testing immunotherapy agent pembrolizumab within this patient population.


Follicular Lymphoma

Dr. Peter Martin was involved in a clinical trial investigation of acalabrutinib in treatment of follicular lymphoma, which yielded promising response rates.


Data supporting vitamin D supplementation in indolent lymphoma patients treated with rituximab were presented at this year’s meeting. Dr. John Leonard is Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian’s principal investigator evaluating the vitamin’s effects in an ongoing phase III trial. Trial information here.


Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL) 

Dr. Jia Ruan was involved in the clinical trial assessment of single-agent acalabrutinib in relapsed/refractory DLBCL patients.


Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia

Dr. Richard Furman was senior author on a study demonstrating acalabrutinib as an effective and well-tolerated therapy for people with Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia.


Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia (CLL)  

Dr. John Allan, along with Dr. Richard Furman, collaborated with research colleagues to investigate the demographic impact on incidence and treatment outcomes in people with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL).


Dr. John Allan is Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian’s principal investigator for a phase II clinical trial of ibrutinib and venetoclax – two non-chemotherapeutic agents – in people with previously untreated chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Trial information here.


Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

People with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) are at increased risk for developing aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphomas frequently associated with two herpes viruses: Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and Kaposi’s sarcoma-associated herpes virus (KSHV). Weill Cornell Medicine pathologist Ethel Cesarman, MD, PhD, contributed to a phase II trial conducted through the AIDS Malignancy Consortium (AMC) to test HDAC inhibitor vorinostat’s effects on HIV-related non-Hodgkin lymphoma.


Dr. Peter Martin, the Principal Investigator for the Lymphoma Epidemiology of Outcomes (LEO) consortium at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, aided in a study of vulnerability to undesirable outcomes in people with newly diagnosed non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Vulnerable status was measured overall, and by age, gender and clinical features.


As always, we are proud of our team’s active commitment to advancing the overall understanding of lymphoma and improving clinical outcomes and quality of life for all those affected by the disease.


Dr. Richard Furman Discusses the Approval of Ibrutinib for the Treatment of Patients with Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia

In this Onc Live video, Dr. Richard Furman, Director of the CLL Research Center discusses the findings of a recent study that led to the approval of ibrutinib as a mono-therapy for patients with Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia.

A full listing of open clinical trials for Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia can be found here.

New Clinical Trial: A Phase 1/2 Proof of Concept Study of the Combination of ACP-196 & ACP-319 in Subjects with B-cell Malignancies

The Weill Cornell Lymphoma Program has recently opened a new clinical trial for men and women with previously treated B-cell malignancies. The study sponsor is Acerta Pharmaceuticals, and the principal investigator at Weill Cornell is Richard Furman M.D.. For more information about the study, please call Amelyn Rodgriguez, RN at (212) 746-1362 or e-mail Amelyn at amr2017@med.cornell.edu.

Key Eligibility

  • Men and women age 18 and older.
  • Diagnosis of non-GCB DLBCL, MCL, FL, WM, or CLL/SLL.
  • At least one prior therapy meeting the criteria for relevant disease type.
  • Detailed eligibility reviewed when you contact the study team.

Study Summary

This clinical trial is for men and women with previously treated B-cell malignancies.

In recent years, clinical trials with small molecule inhibitors of Btk and PI3K-delta have produced high response rates with few drug-related toxicities in subjects with B-cell malignancies. Specifically, ibrutinib and idelalisib have shown very encouraging results and each have gained FDA approval in specific patient populations, however, some subjects develop progressive disease or resistance after a period of time on these treatments. This study aims to assess the clinical potential and safety of a dual inhibition approach by combining ACP-196, a second generation Btk inhibitor, with ACP-319, a second generation PI3K inhibitor. The study will provide more information about whether this targeted combination therapy can benefit subjects with B-cell malignancies over single agent therapies or traditional chemotherapy combinations without an increase in toxicity.

Subjects will receive ACP-196 and ACP-319 continuously throughout the study as long as they are responding to therapy and not experiencing unacceptable side effects. Both ACP-196 and ACP-319 are administered orally twice daily. After discontinuing treatment, subjects will remain in long-term follow-up until they receive their next therapy.