Infection control in patients treated for chronic lymphocytic leukemia with ibrutinib or idelalisib: recommendations from Italian society of hematology

Pier Luigi Zinzani, Alessandro Rambaldi, Gianluca Gaidano, Corrado Girmenia, Monia Marchetti, Fabrizio Pane, Sante Tura, Giovanni Barosi

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Abstract

The introduction of new therapeutic agents in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), including the new kinase inhibitors (KIs) ibrutinib and idelalisib, has changed the therapeutic landscape of the disease. The new KIs have also changed frequency and epidemiology of infections, that represent a major cause of morbidity and mortality of the disease. Hence, the great strides in the indications and use of new KIs need parallel amelioration of prophylaxis and supportive treatment for infections. Moving from the recognition that infection control represents an unmet need, the Italian Society of Hematology (SIE) convened a panel of experts who had published and/or expressed an interest in infection complications in CLL. The goal of the project was to provide practice recommendations for the management of the infectious complications of CLL during ibrutinib or idelalisib therapy. The present publication represents the results of a series of email correspondences and meetings held during 2017 and 2018. Three domains of infectious complications during KIs therapy for CLL were explored: risk assessment, risk management and risk monitoring. We hope these recommendations will help to minimize infectious adverse events, and we believe that an optimal management of them will be rewarded by better outcomes, and better quality of life.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)88-94
Number of pages7
JournalLeukemia Research
Volume81
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2019

Keywords

  • Chronic lymphocytic leukemia
  • Idelalisib
  • Infection
  • Recommendations, ibrutinib

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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