Florida Cancer Specialists Drs. Scott Lunin and Scott Tetreault Co-Author Phase 2 Study on Duvelisib for Indolent Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Florida Cancer Specialists Oncologists Published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology

Ft. Myers, FL – May 13, 2019… Two Florida Cancer Specialists physicians, Dr. Scott Lunin, who practices in Sarasota, and Dr. Scott Tetreault, who practices in Tallahassee, were co-authors of an important new study that was integral in gaining FDA approval for a new treatment for indolent (slow-growing) non-Hodgkin lymphoma (iNHL). The study, ‘DYNAMO: A Phase II Study of Duvelisib (IPI-145) in Patients With Refractory Indolent Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma,’ was published in the April 10 issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

Drs-Lunin-and-Tetreault-headshots-V2-2As stated in the article, “Indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma (iNHL) remains largely incurable and often requires multiple lines of treatment after becoming refractory to standard therapies. Duvelisib was approved by the Food and Drug Administration for relapsed or refractory (RR) chronic lymphocytic leukemia or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL) and RR follicular lymphoma (FL) after two or more prior systemic therapies.”

The recent FDA approval of duvelisib means that there are now several different treatment options for patients who have received two or more prior therapies. Prior to FDA approval of duvelisib, treatment resistance and cumulative toxicity limited the options for many patients, especially some older patients, “… whose comorbidities may preclude aggressive treatment and for whom dependence on hospitals and clinic visits for infusional therapies represents a significant challenge.

”The efficacy and manageable safety profile of duvelisib, which was demonstrated in the DYNAMO study, support its potential as a novel therapy for patients with refractory iNHL. To read the full study: https://ascopubs.org/doi/full/10.1200/JCO.18.00915 

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