Recent Advances in the Biology and Treatment of T Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia

Mehrdad Hefazi, Mark R Litzow

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Purpose of Review: This article provides an overview of the current knowledge regarding the biology and treatment of T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) and highlights the most recent findings in this field over the past 5 years. Recent Findings: Remarkable progress has been made in the genomic landscape of T-ALL over the past few years. The discovery of activating mutations of NOTCH1 and FBXW7 in a majority of patients has been a seminal observation, with several early phase clinical trials currently exploring these as potential therapeutic targets. Characterization of early T cell precursor ALL, incorporation of minimal residual disease assessment into therapeutic protocols, and use of pediatric-intensive regimens along with judicious use of allogeneic HCT have significantly improved risk stratification and treatment outcomes. Summary: Improved risk stratification and the use of novel targeted therapies based on recent genomic discoveries are expected to change the therapeutic landscape of T-ALL and hopefully improve the outcomes of this historically poor prognosis disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1-10
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent Hematologic Malignancy Reports
StateAccepted/In press - Jun 15 2018


  • Early T cell precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia
  • Minimal residual disease
  • Nelarabine
  • T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia
  • Targeted therapies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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