Pregnancy Does Not Increase the Risk of Hodgkin Lymphoma Recurrence

JCO Research Round Up
December 14, 2015

Young women who become pregnant while in remission from Hodgkin lymphoma are not at increased risk of cancer recurrence, according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology

According to the authors, this is the largest study to date specifically examining the relationship between pregnancy and risk of Hodgkin lymphoma recurrence. The findings are consistent with the findings of previous, small studies.

Obinutuzumab Controls Growth of Slow-Growing Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

ASCO Annual Meeting
May 30, 2015

In an ongoing study, researchers found that adding a new targeted therapy to chemotherapy controls non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) growth for more than twice as long as only chemotherapy. The patients who participated in this study had indolent, or slow-growing, NHL. The standard first treatment for this common type of NHL is a combination of bendamustine (Treanda) and rituximab (Rituxan). For most patients, rituximab eventually stops working to control NHL growth.

Targeted Therapy Combination for Lymphoma Is More Effective Than Standard Chemotherapy

ASCO Annual Meeting
June 3, 2012

A long-term study shows that a combination of bendamustine (Treanda) and rituximab (Rituxan) keeps two uncommon types of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), indolent (slow-growing) lymphoma and mantle cell lymphoma, from worsening longer than standard chemotherapy. Bendamustine and rituximab are drugs called targeted therapies. Targeted therapy is a treatment that targets the cancer's specific genes, proteins, or the tissue environment that contributes to cancer growth and survival.

Preliminary Study Shows that the Lung Cancer Drug, Crizotinib, Is Effective for Three Childhood Cancers

ASCO Annual Meeting
May 16, 2012

In an early study with the targeted therapy drug crizotinib (Xalkori), researchers found that it stopped the growth of neuroblastoma, anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), and inflammatory myofibroblastic tumors (IMT), and in some instances, removed all signs of the cancer.

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