Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) is a type of cancer in which too many white blood cells are produced. These cells develop abnormally and are unable to function and fight infection. They also prevent the production of other healthy blood cells. As the disease is chronic, it develops very slowly over time. CLL is one of the most common type of leukaemia in adults, usually occurring in the elderly population. High risk CLL is cancer that does not get better with treatment. General symptoms of CLL include: fatigue, frequent infections, swollen lymph nodes (commonly in the neck, armpits and groin), anaemia, easy bruising/bleeding, enlarged spleen (causing tender lump in upper left abdomen), night sweats and weight loss.
The combination of ublituximab (intravenous infusions) and ibrutinib (oral capsules) is being developed as a new treatment option for patients with high risk CLL. Both drugs act in different unique ways to improve the body’s natural defence to fight the cancer cells and their combined effect may significantly reduce symptoms of the disease and increase survival. If licensed, the combination of ublituximab and ibrutinib will offer an additional treatment option for patients with high risk CLL who have received other previous treatment. This combination has the potential to improve effectiveness by offering a quicker time to response and a greater depth of response compared with ibrutinib alone.
Pembrolizumab is a medicinal product that is being investigated as treatment for patients with relapsed or refractory classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL). Hodgkin lymphoma is a type
of cancer of the lymphatic system and it is the most common type. The condition is called relapsed or refractory when it recurs after a period of improvement or when it does not
respond to treatment. The most common symptom of Hodgkin lymphoma is a swelling in the neck, armpit or groin.