Purpose of review: The marked improvement in clinical outcomes for patients with chronic myeloid leukaemia (CML) can be solely attributed to the introduction of targeted therapies against the fusion oncoprotein, BCR-ABL1. However, patient responses, although generally positive, remain heterogenous. Careful drug selection, ensuring the optimal TKI, is chosen for each patient and involves a complex decision process which incorporates consideration of numerous factors.
Recent findings: For some patients, with disease characteristics that indicate adverse intrinsic disease biology, more potent BCR-ABL1 inhibition is often appropriate, whereas other patients with major co-morbidities will benefit from a less aggressive approach to avoid life-shortening toxicities. For the vast majority of patients, the long-term goal of therapy will be the achievement of a deep molecular response and subsequent treatment-free remission and this consideration will play a large part in the drug selection process. We explore early management of CML, from the first presentation through to frontline therapy selection.
Keywords: Deep molecular responses; Drug toxicity; TKI; Treatment-free remission.