Ben J Kennedy

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PURPOSE To test whether eradication of minimal residual disease (MRD) in B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) by alemtuzumab is associated with a prolongation of treatment-free and overall survival. PATIENTS AND METHODS Ninety-one previously treated patients with CLL (74 men and 17 women; median age, 58 years [range, 32 to 75 years]; 44 were(More)
Campath-1H (alemtuzumab) is the most effective monoclonal antibody in single-agent use in B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) with reported response rates of 33% to 70%. Combination therapy is now the conventional treatment for most hematologic malignancies. Monoclonal antibody treatments may sensitize tumor cells to subsequent chemotherapy. We report(More)
An expert opinion roundtable held August 8-9, 2002, brought together clinicians with the most extensive experience with the use of alemtuzumab to pool knowledge and develop treatment goals and guidelines for optimal therapy. By sharing our collective experience, we have been able to formulate recommendations for current clinical practice, which are included(More)
Alemtuzumab is a humanized anti-CD52 antibody licensed for refractory B-cell chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL), when given intravenously at 30 mg thrice weekly. However, the intravenous route is associated with infusion-related reactions and is inconvenient. We measured blood concentrations in 30 relapsed patients treated with intravenous alemtuzumab and(More)
The world of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) research is awash with prognostic markers. However, very few of the current group play a clearly defined role in the pathology of this disease and even fewer represent a tractable therapeutic target. One such marker that fulfils both of these criteria is the integrin CD49d. This molecule been implicated in the(More)
This phase II study (n = 20) aimed to evaluate type, severity and duration of side-effects and efficacy following subcutaneous (SC) alemtuzumab, without dose-escalation, in advanced-stage relapsed chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) patients. Alemtuzumab 30 and 3 mg was administered SC simultaneously day 1, followed by 30 mg three times per week.(More)
Alemtuzumab therapy is effective for some refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), but identifying responders requires at least 8 weeks of therapy. Early identification of nonresponders would minimize toxicity and/or facilitate more effective strategies. The aim of this study was to identify a minimally invasive method for early prediction of response(More)
Molecular and cellular markers associated with malignant disease are frequently identified in healthy individuals. The relationship between these markers and clinical disease is not clear, except where a neoplastic cell population can be identified as in myeloma/monoclonal gammopathies of undetermined significance (MGUS). We have used the distinctive(More)
Monoclonal chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL)-phenotype cells are detectable in 3.5% of otherwise healthy persons using flow cytometric analysis of CD5/CD20/CD79b expression on CD19-gated B cells. To determine whether detection of such CLL-phenotype cells is indicative of an inherited predisposition, we examined 59 healthy, first-degree relatives of(More)