Childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia: Progress through collaboration

Ching Hon Pui, Jun J. Yang, Stephen P. Hunger, Rob Pieters, Martin Schrappe, Andrea Biondi, Ajay Vora, André Baruchel, Lewis B. Silverman, Kjeld Schmiegelow, Gabriele Escherich, Keizo Horibe, Yves C.M. Benoit, Shai Izraeli, Allen Eng Juh Yeoh, Der Cherng Liang, James R. Downing, William E. Evans, Mary V. Relling, Charles G. Mullighan

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Purpose To review the impact of collaborative studies on advances in the biology and treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in children and adolescents. Methods A review of English literature on childhood ALL focusing on collaborative studies was performed. The resulting article was reviewed and revised by the committee chairs of the major ALL study groups. Results With long-term survival rates for ALL approaching 90% and the advent of high-resolution genome-wide analyses, several international study groups or consortia were established to conduct collaborative research to further improve outcome. As a result, treatment strategies have been improved for several subtypes of ALL, such as infant, MLL-rearranged, Philadelphia chromosome - positive, and Philadelphia chromosome - like ALL. Many recurrent genetic abnormalities that respond to tyrosine kinase inhibitors and multiple genetic determinants of drug resistance and toxicities have been identified to help develop targeted therapy. Several genetic polymorphisms have been recognized that show susceptibility to developing ALL and that help explain the racial/ethnic differences in the incidence of ALL. Conclusion The information gained from collaborative studies has helped decipher the heterogeneity of ALL to help improve personalized treatment, which will further advance the current high cure rate and the quality of life for children and adolescents with ALL.

Originele taal-2Engels
Pagina's (van-tot)2938-2948
Aantal pagina's11
TijdschriftJournal of Clinical Oncology
Nummer van het tijdschrift27
StatusGepubliceerd - 20 sep. 2015


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