What started as a personal journey of a doctor turned patient morphed into a way to share what’s universal in dealing with cancer, in my case a nasty leukemia (CLL), a failed transplant and a successful clinical trial. The telling of my journey has become a journey to teach about CLL, related blood issues and all cancers. Please visit our new website http://cllsociety.org for the latest news and information. Smart patients get smart care™. If you want to reach me, email bkoffmanMD@gmail.com
Saturday, January 5, 2013
ASH 2012: Dr. John M. Pagel Part 2: Present Trials and Speculations on the Near Future of Ibutinib, GS-1101, ABT-199, GA-101, TRU-016 including Combinations and the Changing Role of Transplants
I am grateful for the thoughtful, caring and careful way Dr. John Pagel tells the evolving story of CLL treatment. But I am also grateful that he is willing to speculate about what the future might hold for us CLL patients and those yet to be diagnosed.
In the follow-up to Part 1 of my interview, Dr. Pagel hypothesizes a possible future of the "game changing" emerging therapies in CLL, their paths to probable approval, logical combinations, available and coming trials, the "boots on the ground" reality of how they will be used on and off label, and the reassessing of the time and place for allogeneic transplants.
His candid observation that drugs such as ibrutinib (PCI-32765) and GS-1101(now idelalisib and formerly CAL-101) will potentially be used extensively "off label" and upfront in therapy is in my opinion, a realistic take on what is coming to the next generation of CLL patients.
When he talks about the shifting role of allogeneic transplants, we hear his wisdom and experience gained from his years of helping patients in both the pre and post imatinib (Gleevec) eras.
He informs of us the logical combinations of agents, many with no cytotoxic chemotherapy to be found anywhere in the treatment protocol, that are available right now in clinical trials and will continue to be explored.
Please be sure to view Part 1 if you haven't already. It will help with the context of this continuation of the same interview. In Part 1, there is more indepth discussion of ABT-199. In Part 2, presented below, I start by asking him about the other two big names out there ibrutinib (PCI-32765) and idelalisib (GS-1101), and he picks up from there.
There will be a brief Part 3 soon that will deal with transplants exclusively.
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