Tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) may improve treatment outcome for children and young adults with Ph-like acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph-like ALL), a disease with dismal prognosis, according to data presented at the American Association for Cancer Research special conference Hematologic Malignancies: Translating Discoveries to Novel Therapies, held Sept. 20-23.

“We recently described a subtype of B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia with very poor outcome that is characterized by genetic alterations involving tyrosine kinases, termed Ph-like ALL,” said Kathryn Roberts, PhD, postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Pathology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. “We wanted to examine whether these alterations contribute to the development of Ph-like ALL, and determine if they could be targeted with tyrosine kinase inhibitors.

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