Onco-Hematology and Immunotherapy

A special issue of Cells (ISSN 2073-4409). This special issue belongs to the section "Cellular Immunology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2024 | Viewed by 1304

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Unité de Neurobiologie des Canaux Ioniques et de la Synapse, Marseille, France
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Interests: cancer biology; molecular biology; T lymphocytes; immune response; cytokines; next generation sequencing; gene regulation; lymphoma; transcriptomics; flow cytometry

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Dear Colleagues,

Leukemias and lymphomas are deadly cancers that mainly affect adults, but leukemias are the second most frequent cancer among children. Today, adult and children with different diseases are treated with different protocols.

New treatments are warranted, and, recently, immunotherapy has appeared as an efficient new tool. Cancers (in general) and onco-hematology (in particular) escape the normal immune control. So, on one side, a better understanding of this phenomenon is required; on the other side, immunotherapy in leukemias aims to boost the immune system in order to fight against cancer cells (leukemias or lymphomas in onco-hematology). The main tools are T cells and antibodies, but trials are also in progress with immune check point inhibitors, leukemia and lymphoma vaccines, and immunomodulators. Allograft in chronic myeloid leukemia is certainly the first example, followed by T cell infusions after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation. The main problems are to understand the normal immune control and its escape in the case of leukemia and lymphomas, as well as to identify the right patients who will benefit from these treatments. So, it is clearly a vast area of research and is also a very promising new tool for precision medicine which could be associated with new or hold drugs.

Prof. Dr. Jean Gabert
Prof. Dr. Régis T. Costello
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  • immunotherapy
  • onco-hematology
  • CAR T cells
  • NK cells
  • immune system
  • immune cells
  • leukemias
  • lymphomas

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Outcome of High-Dose Chemotherapy Followed by Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation in Relapsed/Refractory Hodgkin Lymphoma after Different Numbers of Salvage Regimens
by Jacopo Mariotti, Francesca Ricci, Laura Giordano, Daniela Taurino, Barbara Sarina, Chiara De Philippis, Daniele Mannina, Carmelo Carlo-Stella, Stefania Bramanti and Armando Santoro
Cells 2024, 13(2), 118; https://doi.org/10.3390/cells13020118 - 9 Jan 2024
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The introduction of novel drugs (PD-1 inhibitors and/or brentuximab vedotin) into salvage regimens has improved the response rate and the outcome of patients with relapsed/refractory Hodgkin lymphoma. However, the impact of new drugs on the outcome has not been adequately investigated so [...] Read more.
The introduction of novel drugs (PD-1 inhibitors and/or brentuximab vedotin) into salvage regimens has improved the response rate and the outcome of patients with relapsed/refractory Hodgkin lymphoma. However, the impact of new drugs on the outcome has not been adequately investigated so far. We retrospectively analyzed 42 consecutive patients treated at our institution with high-dose chemotherapy/autologous stem cell transplantation after either one standard chemotherapy represented by BEGEV (n = 28) or >1 salvage therapy (ST) comprising novel drugs (n = 14). With a median follow-up of 24 months, the 2-year cumulative incidence of relapse was similar between the two cohorts: 26% for 1 ST and 18% for >1 ST (p = 0.822). Consistently, overall survival and progression-free survival did not differ among the two groups: 3-year overall survival was 91% and 89% (p = 0.731), respectively, and 3-year progression-free survival was 74% and 83% (p = 0.822) for only one and more than one salvage regimens, respectively. Of note, the post-transplant side effects and engraftment rates were similar between the 1 ST and >1 ST cohorts. In conclusion, consolidation with high-dose chemotherapy/autologous stem cell transplantation is a safe and curative option, even for patients achieving disease response after more than one rescue line of therapy. Full article
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