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Fresh incentive to look for Ph-like ALL

October 2018—Cheryl Willman, MD, could hardly believe her eyes. She and her colleagues at the University of New Mexico, working with collaborators from across the U.S. in the NCI TARGET Project, had submitted 100 cases of high-risk pediatric acute lymphoblastic leukemia to British Columbia’s Cancer Agency for RNA sequencing to figure out why patients were doing so poorly, despite treatment with intensive chemotherapy. Now the results were in. Dr. Willman, the Maurice and Marguerite Liberman distinguished chair in cancer research and UNM distinguished professor of pathology, vividly recalls the scene.

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Acute leukemia workups, from top to bottom

May 2017—Plenty can happen in five years. Just ask Cubs fans who watched their team leap from a 101-loss season in 2012 to a 103-win season in 2016 and a World Series title as the cherry on top. Or ask Daniel Arber, MD, who co-chaired a hefty new guideline—a half decade in the making—on diagnostic workup of acute leukemia. At the start of the project, “I think everyone going into it realized it was going to be a time-consuming, long process. But I don’t think anyone realized how long,” says Dr. Arber, professor and chair of pathology, University of Chicago, and the CAP co-chair for the guideline group.

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AML molecular testing a map with many paths

July 2014—When it comes to molecular testing for acute myeloid leukemia, the approach seems more Montessori than military school. There are some basic steps physicians should take, to be sure. Cytogenetics still shepherds patients into three prognostic groups: favorable, intermediate, and unfavorable. And several gene mutations—NPM1, CEBPA, FLT3, and KIT—alone or in combination, and with various cytogenetic associations, provide additional prognostic and therapeutic guidance.

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