Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia: Impact of imatinib treatment on remission induciton and allogeneic stem cell tranplantation

Tibor Kovacsovics, Richard T. Maziarz

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Abstract

Philadelphia chromosome-positive (Ph+) acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) has been associated with the worst patient survival rates of the various acute leukemias. Imatinib mesylate is a novel therapeutic agent that targets the BCR-ABL tyrosine kinase, the molecular abnormality associated with Ph+ ALL. The combination of imatinib with chemotherapy has led to improved and durable treatment responses in adult patients with Ph+ ALL, including the elderly population. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation has also integrated imatinib into its transplant strategies, with early data suggesting improved progression-free survival without clearly identifiable augmented toxicity. Second-generation tyrosine kinase inhibitors offer potentially even greater improvements on these excellent imatinib-associated outcomes. This review addresses the evolution of the management of Ph+ ALL and is intended to assist in the description of its new natural history.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)343-351
Number of pages9
JournalCurrent oncology reports
Volume8
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2006

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology

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