CAR T-cell therapy in mature lymphoid malignancies: clinical opportunities and challenges.

Academic Article


  • The advent of chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR T-cell) therapy has revolutionized the treatment paradigm of various hematologic malignancies. Ever since its first approval for treatment of acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) in 2017, CAR T-cell therapy has been found to be efficacious in various other lymphoid malignancies, with recent approvals in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) and mantle cell lymphoma (MCL). Although CAR T-cell therapeutics offer a novel immunotherapeutic approach to treat otherwise refractory malignancies, the plethora of studies/products and complexities in manufacturing and administration have led to several challenges for clinicians and the healthcare system as a whole. Some of the areas of unmet need include manufacturing delays, short persistence of CAR T-cells in circulation, lack of predictive biomarkers for efficacy and toxicity, and high cost of therapy. In this review, we evaluate the existing data on the efficacy and safety of CAR T-cell therapies in mature lymphoid malignancies [lymphomas, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), and multiple myeloma]. We also provide an in-depth review of the challenges posed by CAR T-cell therapeutics and potential strategies to overcome them. With newer CAR T-cell products and incorporation of measures to mitigate toxicities pertaining to cytokine release and neurological syndromes, there is a potential to overcome several of these challenges in the near future. Finally, as CAR T-cell therapy gains regulatory approval for more indications, there is a need to tackle the financial toxicity posed by this modality to sustain patient access.
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  • Hodgkin, Lymphoma, chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL), cost, mantle, myeloma, toxicities
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Pubmed Id

  • 28244956
  • Author List

  • Narkhede M; Mehta A; Ansell SM; Goyal G
  • Start Page

  • 1036
  • Volume

  • 9
  • Issue

  • 12