Ask Tanya Byron: I’m terrified of dying, and the thought that it nearly happened makes it difficult to breathe

Living with a long-term incurable blood cancer presents many people with enormous physical and emotional pressures. We are grateful to Professor Tanya Byron for highlighting these issues in The Times.

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FDA Approves Venetoclax (VENCLEXTA) For Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia or Small Lymphocytic Leukemia

On June 8, 2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the use of venetoclax (VENCLEXTA) for the treatment of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) or small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL), with or without 17p deletion, who have received at least one prior therapy.

This approval is based on data from a clinical trial evaluating venetoclax in combination with rituximab (Rituxan). The trial compared venetoclax plus rituximab with bendamustine plus rituximab in CLL patients who had received at least one prior line of therapy.