Kendra L Sweet

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Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) are now standard treatment for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML). While TKIs have less toxicity than previous treatments, they have side effects that can impact quality of life (QOL). This study compared CML patients taking a TKI for an average of 4.01 years (range 0.50–9.79 years) to age- and gender-matched controls with no(More)
Despite the success of tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy in patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML), minimal residual disease persists, requiring indefinite treatment. Accumulated evidence has shown that leukemic stem cells (LSCs) in the bone marrow can survive TKI treatment via downstream BCR-ABL1-independent signaling pathways that are(More)
During Caenorhabditis elegans hermaphrodite development, the anchor cell induces the vulva and the uterine pi cells whose daughters connect to the vulva, thereby organizing the uterine-vulval connection. Both the initial selection of a single anchor cell during the anchor cell vs. ventral uterine precursor cell decision and the subsequent induction of the(More)
The introduction of BCR-ABL1 tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) for treatment of chronic myelogenous leukemia in chronic phase (CML-CP) has revolutionized therapy, altering the outcome from one of shortened life expectancy to long-term survival. With over 10 years of long-term treatment with imatinib and several years of experience with the next generation(More)
Mrs G is a 54-year-old woman with a diagnosis of chronic-phase chronic myeloid leukemia dating back 8 years. She had a low-risk Sokal score at diagnosis and was started on imatinib mesylate at 400 mg orally daily within one month of her diagnosis. Her 3-month evaluation revealed a molecular response measured by quantitative RT-PCR of 1.2% by the(More)
An important pathogenetic distinction in the classification of myeloproliferative neoplasms (MPNs) is the presence or absence of the BCR-ABL fusion gene, which encodes a unique oncogenic tyrosine kinase. The BCR-ABL fusion, caused by the formation of the Philadelphia chromosome (Ph) through translocation, constitutes the disease-initiating event in chronic(More)
Ruxolitinib is a JAK1/2 inhibitor that is effective in managing symptoms and splenomegaly related to myelofibrosis (MF). Unfortunately, many patients must discontinue ruxolitinib, at which time treatment options are not well defined. In this study, we investigated salvage treatment options and clinical outcomes among MF patients who received and(More)
Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) is a heterogenous disease, and the standard treatment with cytotoxic chemotherapy has remained largely unchanged for over four decades. As more is being learned about AML and the potential molecular targets found within the leukemia cells, an abundance of targeted therapies are becoming available for study in the treatment of(More)
INTRODUCTION No standard salvage chemotherapy regimen is available for relapsed or refractory (RR) acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Preclinical data have suggested synergy in vitro between cytarabine and imatinib mesylate (IM) on AML cell growth inhibition. After demonstrating the safety and feasibility in a phase I study, we conducted a phase II clinical(More)
The NCCN Guidelines for Chronic Myeloid Leukemia (CML) provide recommendations for the management of chronic-phase and advanced-phase CML in adult patients. The median age of disease onset is 67 years. However, because CML occurs in all age groups, clinical care teams should be prepared to address issues relating to fertility and pregnancy with patients who(More)