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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 137-138

Ponatinib in chronic myeloid leukemia: Finally getting it right?

Tata Memorial Centre, Homi Bhabha National Institute, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Date of Submission03-Jan-2020
Date of Acceptance03-Jan-2020
Date of Web Publication24-Feb-2020

Correspondence Address:
Bhausaheb Bagal
Department of Medical Oncology, Adult Hematolymphoid Unit, Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra; Homi Bhabha National Institute (HBNI), Mumbai, Maharashtra
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DOI: 10.4103/CRST.CRST_5_20

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Bagal B, Munot P. Ponatinib in chronic myeloid leukemia: Finally getting it right?. Cancer Res Stat Treat 2020;3:137-8

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Bagal B, Munot P. Ponatinib in chronic myeloid leukemia: Finally getting it right?. Cancer Res Stat Treat [serial online] 2020 [cited 2020 Aug 3];3:137-8. Available from: http://www.crstonline.com/text.asp?2020/3/1/137/279145

We read with interest the article[1] by Jain et al. and wish to thank the authors for the comprehensive review. It seems that, despite having serious side effects, this drug has its place in the management of chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) in difficult to treat situations such as T315I or compound mutations. The side effect profile seems to resemble that of nilotinib rather than the other currently available tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) in terms of cardiovascular events, hepatitis, and skin rash.[2] It will be interesting to see if these particular events were more common in patients exposed earlier to nilotinib. The potency of newer TKIs is relevant even in patients responding optimally to imatinib but who fail to achieve deep molecular remission (DMR). One may use more potent TKI to achieve DMRs with the ultimate goal of a treatment-free remission.[3] The serious nature of side effects makes ponatinib, an unlikely candidate in such a situation. Asciminib, a potent BCR-ABL1 inhibitor which targets the ABL1 myristoyl pocket, is being actively studied in CML and offers an opportunity to combine it with other TKI.[4] It is being studied in combination with other TKI; however, its combination with ponatinib seems difficult for safety reasons. We would like to have the comments of the authors on the same.

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Jain H, Thorat J, Sengar M, Dubey A. Ponatinib: A drug review. Cancer Res Stat Treat 2019;2:190-6.  Back to cited text no. 1
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Quintás-Cardama A, Kantarjian H, Cortes J. Nilotinib-associated vascular events. Clin Lymphoma Myeloma Leuk 2012;12:337-40.  Back to cited text no. 2
Hughes TP, Boquimpani C, Takahashi N, Benyamini N, Vasily S, Lipton JH, et al. HGENESTop 192-week results: Treatment-free remission (TFR) in patients (pts) with 18 chronic myeloid leukemia in chronic phase (CML-CP) after stopping 19 second-line (2L) nilotinib (NIL). J Clin Orthod 2019;37:7005.  Back to cited text no. 3
Westerweel PE, Te Boekhorst PA, Levin MD, Cornelissen JJ. New approaches and treatment combinations for the management of chronic myeloid leukemia. Front Oncol 2019;9:665.  Back to cited text no. 4


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