Pharmacotherapeutic Management of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukaemia in Patients with Comorbidities: New Agents, New Hope

Drugs Aging. 2015 Nov;32(11):877-86. doi: 10.1007/s40266-015-0308-3.


Chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL) is mostly considered a disease of the elderly. As such, many patients present with comorbidities. Several scores allow for a qualitative and quantitative assessment of comorbidity in patients with CLL. Although our knowledge about the impact of comorbidity on outcomes in patients with CLL is still incomplete, it is becoming increasingly apparent that comorbidities could negatively interfere with CLL treatment. Recently, a number of new agents have been approved for use in patients with previously untreated CLL and comorbidities (i.e. obinutuzumab, ofatumumab), as well as in patients with previously treated or high-risk CLL (i.e. idelalisib, ibrutinib). This review discusses the role of comorbidity in patients with CLL, together with the changing treatment landscape for CLL in this patient population.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adenine / analogs & derivatives
  • Aged
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / administration & dosage
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / therapeutic use
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized / administration & dosage
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized / therapeutic use
  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use
  • Comorbidity
  • Humans
  • Leukemia, Lymphocytic, Chronic, B-Cell / drug therapy*
  • Piperidines
  • Purines / therapeutic use
  • Pyrazoles / therapeutic use
  • Pyrimidines / therapeutic use
  • Quinazolinones / therapeutic use


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized
  • Antineoplastic Agents
  • Piperidines
  • Purines
  • Pyrazoles
  • Pyrimidines
  • Quinazolinones
  • ibrutinib
  • Adenine
  • ofatumumab
  • obinutuzumab
  • idelalisib