10 Important VA Studies You Might Have Missed at ASH

Lost amid the headlining news at the Association American Society of Hematology meeting last week were significant research findings from VA researchers on lymphomas, leukemia, and multiple myeloma.


With hundreds of sessions and thousands of abstracts, it can be difficult to wade through all the new findings to find the most significant and relevant findings. Federal Practitioner consulted with Association of VA Hematology/Oncology members who attended the meeting, VA researchers, and other sources to provide these nuggets you might have missed on lymphomas, white blood cells, leukemias, and multiple myeloma:


Veterans Treated with R-CHOP for Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma Compared to Neighboring Hospital: An Interesting Discovery for Treatment Outcomes

This retrospective analysis of diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DCBL) patients who received rituximab plus cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (R-CHOP) at the VA Audie Murphy Hospital in San Antonio, Texas was compared with patients with DLBCL who received R-CHOP in a community setting. According to the researchers, the response to initial treatment was inferior in the veteran population when compared with a patient population with similar demographics and having similar time from diagnosis to treatment. Veteran patients also had worse outcomes when compared with uninsured patients.

Factors Associated with Overall Survival in Follicular Lymphoma Patients Who Are Eligible for Maintenance Therapy

This retrospective analysis study identified 2,290 patients with follicular lymphoma treated in the Veterans Health Administration between 2006–2014 and detailed their staging, demographics, and comorbidities. The researchers found that maintenance therapy with rituximab was associated with an improvement in overall survival.

Treatment Practices and Outcomes in Older Adults with Relapsed/Refractory Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma Treated in the Veterans Health Administration

Another retrospective analysis of DBCL using VHA data examined the effectiveness of second-line chemotherapy and chemoimmunotherapy in patients aged ≥ 65 years. The researchers found 230 patients from 2001 to 2015 that met the inclusion criteria. According to the researchers, the overall survival was < 1 year and about half of the patients "did not receive or were not candidates for regimens typically used with intent for high-dose therapy and autologous transplant."


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