Special Issue "Acute Myeloid Leukemia"
A special issue of Cancers (ISSN 2072-6694).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2019
Notwithstanding crucial advances in the understanding of blood cancers’ biology and pathogenesis, the standard therapeutic approach to acute myeloid leukemia (AML) has not changed meaningfully in the last four decades. However, although the “7+3”-based regimen remains the backbone of upfront AML treatment in fit patients, the recent approval of several promising drugs has paved the way for the opportunity of delivering targeted treatments to patients with specific molecular subtypes. Actually, several clinical trials demonstrated that these targeted molecules, as single agents or in combination with high- or low-dose chemotherapy, are well tolerated while maintaining or increasing their efficacy in terms of overall and event-free survival. The role of these new agents, alone or in association with low-dose chemotherapy, appears particularly promising in special categories such as those of older patients not eligible for intensive approaches and the elderly. Finally, some of the new agents are currently under investigation as maintenance drugs in the post-bone marrow transplant setting, as an attempt to improve post-transplant outcomes and reduce the rates of relapse. This application sounds particularly attractive to capture situations of pre-transplant persistence of “measurable residual disease”. In the present Special Issue, we review how these new therapies are expected to change the therapeutic landscape of AML, as a step towards the right direction to deal with a group of “very-difficult-to-treat” diseases.
Dr. Adriano Venditti
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