Axicabtagene ciloleucel is in clinical development as treatment for adult patients with relapsed/refractory indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). In NHL, the affected lymphocytes start to multiply in an abnormal way and begin to collect in certain parts of the body, such as the lymph nodes. Indolent, or low grade NHL tends to grow very slowly. Types of low-grade NHL include follicular and marginal zone lymphoma. Relapse means that the lymphoma has come back after going into complete remission. Lymphoma that does not go into remission with treatment is known as refractory lymphoma. Treatment options for relapsed/refractory indolent NHL after two priori treatments are limited.
Axicabtagene ciloleucel is an advanced therapy that contains the patient’s own white blood cell (T-cells) that have been modified genetically in the laboratory so that they make a protein called chimeric antigen receptor (CAR). The CAR T-cells attach to another protein on the surface of cancer cells and causing the cells to die. If licensed, axicabtagene ciloleucel will offer an additional treatment for patients with relapsed/refractory indolent NHL including follicular and marginal zone lymphoma.
Brigatinib is a medicinal product that is being developed for the treatment of patients with locally advanced or metastatic ALK-positive non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) whose disease have progressed following treatment with alectinib or ceritinib. NSCLC is the most common type of lung cancer although a small proportion of NSCLC patients have a rearrangement in the ALK gene. Locally advanced or metastatic cancer means cancer has spread outside the lungs where it started, to other parts of the body and cannot be cured. Current treatment with drugs such as alectinib or ceritinib are effective in slowing the disease and helping patients to live longer, although some patients eventually develop treatment resistance and will require other therapies.