Preliminary results from two early-phase clinical trials suggest that the investigational drug ibrutinib may benefit some patients with an aggressive type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). The treatment was well tolerated, with only minor side effects.
Two patients in the phase I trial had a complete response, one had a partial response, and a fourth patient who had not responded to any prior treatment had substantial tumor regression and a major improvement in his symptoms. One patient with a complete response continues to take the oral therapy daily and has shown no signs of disease for 16 months, Dr. Staudt stated. And the patient whose disease stabilized had enough tumor shrinkage to qualify for an allogeneic bone marrow transplant and is now in complete remission.
Drs. Staudt and Wilson are continuing their work with ibrutinib. â€œWeâ€™re already discussing strategies for the next trials,â€ Dr. Wilson said.
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April will be a busy month, so make sure these dates are on your calendar:
- Spirituality & End-of-Life Care, a free program for professionals, co-sponsored by Cancer Services & Dignity Memorial is April 13. Reservations by April 8. Brochure can be found at: www-new.cancer-services.org.70-32-85-134.fai2.net
- Join us Tuesday, April 19 at 6PM for Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma by Dr David Zimmerman. This free program and complimentary dinner requires reservations by Thursday April 15. Call 260-484-9560 or toll free 866-484-9560. Co-sponsored by Cancer Services and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
- Tai Chi â€¦this slow, relaxing exercise form will help you de-stress. Even those who are only able to exercise from a seated position will find success. Meets Wednesday, March 23, 5:30-6:30PM. (No class: March 30 & April 6). Class resumes Wednesday, April 13 and continues through the end of April.
- re-Energize! Each Tuesday & Thursday from 6-7PM. Instructor Courtneyâ€™s enthusiasm is contagious. She will lead you in a fun exercise experience, no matter what your ability level.
Donâ€™t forget that free half hour massages are available for clients and caregivers. Call Cancer Services at 260-484-9560 or toll free 866-484-9560 for your appointment.
â€œNon-Hodgkinâ€™s Lymphoma: From Diagnosis to Treatment and Beyondâ€
A collaboration between Cancer Services and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Presented by Dr. David Zimmerman, Fort Wayne Medical Oncology and Hematology
Tuesday, April 19, 6-8 p.m. Healing Arts Center, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana
The program will explore the subtypes of non-Hodgkinâ€™s lymphoma. The diagnosis process and staging system will also be explained so that patients and caregivers are better prepared to ask questions of their medical team, as staging can impact treatment regimen. New treatment options will be presented, in addition to available resources.
Reservations: Please call 484-9560 or toll free 866-484-9560