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Blood bank: On guard against daratumumab interference

October 2016—As fans of spycraft know, offensive counterintelligence can include an arsenal of strategies: initiating a diversion, sowing confusion, creating false identities—anything that makes another party believe something that isn’t true. If the cancer treatment drug daratumumab were capable of deceptive intent, it might be accused of all those ploys when it comes to interfering with blood transfusion crossmatching. The reason: For patients receiving daratumumab, marketed as Darzalex by Janssen Pharmaceuticals, antibody testing for transfusion is subject to erratic false-positives, often leaving transfusion services confused, uncertain, and on hold.

Quizzed in Ansbach, then key to a drug trial for mast cell disease

September 2016—In December 2007, American hematopathologist Tracy I. George, MD, spent a weekend in the small town of Ansbach in central Bavaria in the laboratory of Hans-Peter Horny, MD, whom she calls “the father of mast cell pathology.”

At St. Jude, preemptive PGx tests guide prescribing

April 2015—St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis, brings a razor-sharp focus to its mission: the 78-bed institution cares for children with catastrophic illnesses, including leukemias and lymphomas, solid tumors, hematology disorders (including sickle cell disease), and infectious diseases. It doesn’t have an emergency department. Consistent with its goal of advancing cures, all its patients are enrolled in research protocols.

ALK-positive NSCLC—patient’s story opens eyes

September 2013—For good or bad, Matthew Hiznay seems to be an odds beater. First, a minority of lung cancer patients have never smoked. He’s one of them, having been diagnosed with late-stage non-small-cell lung cancer in August 2011. Obviously, that’s the bad. Second, only about five percent of NSCLCs express a rearrangement of the anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene. Hiznay’s is one of them. That’s the very, very good.

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