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Subtype of Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia/Lymphoma

Blood; 2016 Apr 14; Jain, Lamb, O’Brien, et al

Early T-cell precursor (ETP) acute lymphoblastic leukemia/lymphoma (ALL/LBL) is a high-risk subtype of adult ALL, according to a study involving 111 individuals.

Investigators compared how adults with ETP-ALL/LBL who received treatment on frontline regimens fared vs those with other T-ALL/LBL immunophenotypic subtypes. Patients were categorized into early, thymic, and mature subgroups. Among the results:

• Outcomes were the same regardless of subtypes.

• 19 patients had ETP-ALL/LBL.

• Rate of complete remission with or without complete platelet recovery rate in these individuals was 73%, vs 91% in those with non–ETP-ALL/LBL.

• Median overall survival was 20 months in patients with ETP-ALL/LBL, vs not reached in non–ETP-ALL/LBL patients.

Citation: Jain N, Lamb A, O’Brien S, et al. Early T-cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia/lymphoma (ETP-ALL/LBL) in adolescents and adults: A high-risk subtype. Blood. 2016;127(15):1863-1869. doi: