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FDA Approves New Option for Difficult to Treat, Rare Form of Childhood Leukemia

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved azacitidine (Vidaza®) for pediatric patients 1 month and older with newly diagnosed juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML). JMML is an aggressive and difficult to treat disease.

More Than 5 Million New Yorkers Are Getting "In-Network" Access to Top Cancer Centers

New York’s newly-signed budget contains a key reform that could be nothing short of lifesaving for some cancer patients living in the state. National Cancer Institute-designated cancer centers will become “in-network” for over 5 million New Yorkers who rely on Medicaid, Essential, or Marketplace plans.

CAR T-Cell Therapy Approved for Initial Treatment of Relapsed Large B-Cell Lymphoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last week approved axicabtagene ciloleucel (axi-cel, Yescarta®) for patients with large B-cell lymphoma (LBCL) who either did not respond to first-line standard chemotherapy or relapsed within 12 months. This is a big step for CAR T because it is now proven that CAR T-therapy can outperform the best therapy we had for certain patients that failed initial therapy.

New Drug Approval Moves Us Closer To Long-Term Control of Multiple Myeloma

Just one year after the first CAR T-cell treatment was approved for multiple myeloma, the second is about to hit the market. The FDA approved ciltacabtagene autoleucel (cilta-cel), trade name Carvykti™, last week for patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma who have had at least four previous treatments.

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