I am a hematologist involved in patient care, clinical and translation research in the field of malignant lymphoma. I focus on translational medicine on diffuse large B cell lymphoma and mantle cell lymphoma. My question by all our findings: how does the patient profit or does it help me to treat the patients. The focus of my research group is on DNA repair, cell cycle and cell death. We test novel combinations of existing anti-cancer agents to ultimately improve the treatment of patients suffering from lymphoma. I participate in the organization of new clinical trials both international (European Mantle cell Lymphoma Network) and national (HOVON). Moreover, I am actively involved in clinical trials concerning the application of CAR T cells for patient with lymphoma.
Tom van Meerten
Reduction of Metabolic Active Tumor Volume Prior to CAR T-Cell Therapy Improves Survival Outcomes in Patients with Large B-Cell Lymphoma
R-miniCHOP versus R-CHOP in elderly patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma: A propensity matched population-based study
Published in: American Journal of Hematology
For elderly frail patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), an attenuated chemo-immunotherapy strategy of rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisolone (R-miniCHOP) was introduced as a treatment option as from 2014 onward in the Netherlands. Although R-miniCHOP is more tolerable, reduction of chemotherapy could negatively affect survival compared to R-CHOP. The aim of this analysis was to assess survival of patients treated with R-miniCHOP compared to R-CHOP. DLBCL patients ≥65 years, newly diagnosed in 2014-2020, who received ≥1 cycle of R-miniCHOP or R-CHOP were identified in the Netherlands Cancer Registry,...
Population-Based External Validation of the EASIX Scores to Predict CAR T-Cell-Related Toxicities
Published in: Cancers
Cytokine release syndrome (CRS) and immune effector cell-associated neurotoxicity syndrome (ICANS) can hamper the clinical benefit of CAR T-cell therapy in patients with relapsed/refractory large B-cell lymphoma (r/r LBCL). To assess the risk of CRS and ICANS, the endothelial activation and stress index (EASIX), the modified EASIX (m-EASIX), simplified EASIX (s-EASIX), and EASIX with CRP/ferritin (EASIX-F(C)) were proposed. This study validates these scores in a consecutive population-based cohort. Patients with r/r LBCL treated with axicabtagene ciloleucel were included ( n = 154). EASIX scores were calculated at baseline,...
Inflammatory reactions mimic residual or recurrent lymphoma on [18F]FDG-PET/CT after CD19-directed CAR T-cell therapy
Published in: Blood Advances
Janneke W de Boer, Elise R A Pennings, Ankie Kleinjan, Jaap A van Doesum, Anne M Spanjaart, Pim G N J Mutsaers, Margot Jak, Marjolein W M van der Poel, Maria T Kuipers, Judit A Adam, Arjan Diepstra, Lianne Koens, Suzanne van Dorp, Joost S P Vermaat, Anne G H Niezink, Marie José Kersten, Tom van Meerten
Survival with Axicabtagene Ciloleucel in Large B-Cell Lymphoma
Published in: New England Journal of Medicine
Background: In an analysis of the primary outcome of this phase 3 trial, patients with early relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma who received axicabtagene ciloleucel (axi-cel), an autologous anti-CD19 chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy, as second-line treatment had significantly longer event-free survival than those who received standard care. Data were needed on longer-term outcomes. Methods: In this trial, we randomly assigned patients with early relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma in a 1:1 ratio to receive either axi-cel or standard care (two to three cycles of chemoimmunotherapy...
ZUMA-7 Investigators and Kite Member, Jason R. Westin, Olalekan O. Oluwole, Marie José Kersten, David B. Miklos, Miguel Angel Perales, Armin Ghobadi, Aaron P. Rapoport, Anna Sureda, Caron A. Jacobson, Umar Farooq, Tom Van Meerten, Matthew Ulrickson, Mahmoud Elsawy, Lori A. Leslie, Sridhar Chaganti, Michael Dickinson, Kathleen Dorritie, Patrick M. Reagan, Joseph McguirkKevin W. Song, Peter A. Riedell, Monique C. Minnema, Yin Yang, Saran Vardhanabhuti, Simone Filosto, Paul Cheng, Shilpa A. Shahani, Marco Schupp, Christina To, Frederick L. Locke