North American Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm Consortium: position on standards of care and areas of need

Naveen Pemmaraju, Hagop Kantarjian, Kendra Sweet, Eunice Wang, Jayastu Senapati, Nathaniel R. Wilson, Marina Konopleva, Arthur E. Frankel, Vikas Gupta, Ruben Mesa, Matthew Ulrickson, Edward Gorak, Sumeet Bhatia, Tulin Budak-Alpdogan, James Mason, Maria Teresa Garcia-Romero, Norma Lopez-Santiago, Gabriela Cesarman-Maus, Pankit Vachhani, Sangmin LeeVijaya Raj Bhatt, William Blum, Roland B. Walter, Dale Bixby, Ivana Gojo, Madeleine Duvic, Raajit K. Rampal, Marcos de Lima, James Foran, Amir T. Fathi, Aric Cameron Hall, Meagan A. Jacoby, Jeffrey Lancet, Gabriel Mannis, Anthony S. Stein, Alice Mims, David Rizzieri, Rebecca Olin, Alexander Perl, Gary Schiller, Paul Shami, Richard M. Stone, Stephen Strickland, Matthew J. Wieduwilt, Naval Daver, Farhad Ravandi, Sumithira Vasu, Monica Guzman, Gail J. Roboz, Joseph Khoury, Muzaffar Qazilbash, Phyu P. Aung, Branko Cuglievan, Yazan Madanat, Mohamed A. Kharfan-Dabaja, Anna Pawlowska, Justin Taylor, Martin Tallman, Prajwal Dhakal, Andrew A. Lane

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Blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN) is a rare hematologic malignancy with historically poor outcomes and no worldwide consensus treatment approach. Unique among most hematologic malignancies for its frequent cutaneous involvement, BPDCN can also invade other extramedullary compartments, including the central nervous system. Generally affecting older adults, many patients are unfit to receive intensive chemotherapy, and although hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is preferred for younger, fit individuals, not all are eligible. One recent therapeutic breakthrough is that all BPDCNs express CD123 (IL3Rα) and that this accessible surface marker can be pharmacologically targeted. The first-in-class agent for BPDCN, tagraxofusp, which targets CD123, was approved in December 2018 in the United States for patients with BPDCN aged ≥2 years. Despite favorable response rates in the frontline setting, many patients still relapse in the setting of monotherapy, and outcomes in patients with relapsed/refractory BPDCN remain dismal. Therefore, novel approaches targeting both CD123 and other targets are actively being investigated. To begin to formally address the state of the field, we formed a new collaborative initiative, the North American BPDCN Consortium (NABC). This group of experts, which includes a multidisciplinary panel of hematologists/oncologists, hematopoietic stem cell transplant physicians, pathologists, dermatologists, and pediatric oncologists, was tasked with defining the current standard of care in the field and identifying the most important research questions and future directions in BPDCN. The position findings of the NABC's inaugural meetings are presented herein.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)567-578
Number of pages12
Issue number6
StatePublished - Feb 9 2023

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Hematology
  • Cell Biology


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