Susan M. O’Brien

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Idelalisib is a first-in-class selective, oral, phosphatidylinositol 3-kinase delta (PI3Kδ) inhibitor approved for the treatment of several types of blood cancer. Idelalisib has demonstrated significant efficacy and a tolerable safety profile in clinical trials. However, the US prescribing information contains a black box warning for fatal and/or severe(More)
CLL cell trafficking between blood and tissue compartments is an integral part of the disease process. Idelalisib, a phosphoinositide 3-kinase delta (PI3Kδ) inhibitor causes rapid lymph node shrinkage, along with an increase in lymphocytosis, prior to inducing objective responses in CLL patients. This characteristic activity presumably is due to CLL cell(More)
Approximately 1,000 microRNAs (miRs) are present in the human genome; however, little is known about the regulation of miR transcription. Because miR levels are deregulated in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and signal transducer and activator of transcription (STAT)-3 is constitutively activated in CLL, we sought to determine whether STAT3 affects the(More)
BACKGROUND Previous studies have suggested that NPM1 mutations may be a marker for response to all-trans retinoic acid (ATRA) given as an adjunct to intensive chemotherapy in older patients with acute myeloid leukemia (AML). PATIENTS AND METHODS We examined the impact of the addition of ATRA among patients with diploid cytogenetics treated on a randomized(More)
Department of Experimental Therapeutics, Department of Hematopathology, and Department of Genomic Medicine, Department of Cancer Systems Imaging, Department of Genitourinary Medical Oncology, Department of Leukemia, The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas; Department of Biological & Environmental Science, The University of(More)
Central nervous system (CNS) prophylaxis has led to a significant improvement in the outcome of patients with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL). Liposomal cytarabine (Enzon Pharmaceuticals, Piscataway, NJ; Skye Pharma, San Diego, CA), an intrathecal (IT) preparation of cytarabine with a prolonged half-life, has been shown to be safe and effective in the(More)
We reviewed 261 patients with chronicphase chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) after interferon(IFN) failure treated with imatinib mesylate 400 mg daily. With a median follow-up time of 45 months, the major cytogenetic response rate was 73% and the complete cytogenetic response rate 63%. The estimated 4-year survival rate was 86%. Multivariate analysis for(More)
Ibrutinib is an oral Bruton’s tyrosine kinase inhibitor, recently approved for the treatment of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) and chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) patients with at least one prior therapy. We developed a population pharmacokinetic (PK) model for ibrutinib in patients. Ibrutinib PK data (3,477 observations/245 patients) were available from the(More)
Over the past decade, the introduction of nucleoside analogs and monoclonal antibodies into the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) has resulted in higher rates and longer duration of response. This is a significant step towards achieving the ultimate goal of disease-eradication and improved survival. A continuing problem, however,(More)