OBR Daily Commentary - Leukemia (includes ALL, AML, APL, CLL, CML, MDS, Myeloproliferative Disorders, Myelofibrosis)

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$2,733 To Treat Iron-Poor Blood? Iron Infusions For Anemia Under Scrutiny

(NPR/Kaiser Health News) Aug 1, 2019 - Iron-deficiency anemia is often remedied with drugstore iron pills. But if that doesn't work, doctors sometimes prescribe iron infusions — and the bill for that can vary by thousands of dollars. Why? Shannon Wood Rothenberg walked into her annual physical feeling fine. But more than a year later, she's still paying the price.

(Posted: August 02, 2019)

quotesThis is a very "political" and misleading article that is a slap-in-the-face to physicians who offer intravenous iron (for far less money). There are many patient who have symptomatic iron deficiency anemia who improve reliable and fully by getting intravenous iron, in a setting where oral iron is not reliable and causes severe, daily side effects.quotes

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Drug Combo Heralds Major Shift In Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Treatment

(Stanford Medicine) July 31, 2019 - A combination of two drugs keeps patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia disease-free and alive longer than the current standard of care, according to a phase-3 clinical trial of more than 500 participants conducted at the Stanford University School of Medicine and multiple other institutions. The results of the trial are likely to change how most people with the common blood cancer are treated in the future, the researchers believe.

Desn Gesme (Posted: August 01, 2019)

quotesIncredible new targeted therapies in CLL and lymphoma are fantastic— but the Holy Grail will be identifying time limited therapeutics which balance safety and efficacy with total cost over time!quotes

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