Christa Krupski, DO, MPH, on Reinfusion of Tisagenlecleucel in B-ALL

The hematologist/oncologist at Cincinnati Children’s discussed unfavorable outcomes with tisa-cel reinfusion in patients with B-cell acute lymphocytic leukemia.

“The main take home message is that CAR T-cell therapy reinfusion, if it does induce remission or re-induce B-cell aplasia, that window is very short. And it should only be used as a bridge to something like transplant, it will not be successful as a standalone or definitive therapy.”

Investigators from Cincinnati Children’s Hospital studied the use of tisagenlecleucel reinfusion in patients with relapsed B-cell acute lymphocytic leukemia and found that reinfusion did not induce favorable outcomes in these patients and may only have utility as a bridging therapy to other treatment options such as stem cell transplant. These data were presented by investigator Christa Krupski, DO, MPH, hematologist/oncologist, bone marrow transplantation, Cincinnati Children’s, at the 2023 Tandem Meetings |Transplantation & Cellular Therapy Meetings of ASTCT and CIBMTR, held in Orlando, Florida, February 15-19.

CGTLive spoke to Krupski to learn more about the need for this research and the questions that remain to be investigated with reinfusion of a chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell receptor therapy. She discussed the study conducted and the findings presented at the meeting, which included only short responses if any response in the study participants.

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Krupski C, Baggott C, McNerney KO, et al. Outcomes following tisagenlecleucel reinfusion in children and young adults with B-cell acute lymphocytic leukemia. Presented at: 2023 Tandem Meetings, February 15-18, Orlando, Florida. Late-breaker 4.
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