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
Navitoclax Most Promising BH3 Mimetic for Combination Therapy in Hodgkin Lymphoma
Published in: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
The treatment of young patients with Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) is often successful but a significant proportion of patients suffers from late toxicity. In the current era there are new opportunities for less toxic and more targeted treatment options. In this respect, the anti-apoptotic pathway is an attractive target since Hodgkin tumor cells abundantly express components of this pathway. We measured the effect of BH3 mimetics that interfere with anti-apoptotic proteins in cell lines, also in combination with the standard of care chemotherapeutic doxorubicin and the recently discovered preclinically...
Ibrutinib improves survival compared with chemotherapy in mantle cell lymphoma with central nervous system relapse
Published in: Blood
Central nervous system (CNS) relapse of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is a rare phenomenon with dismal prognosis, where no standard therapy exists. Since the covalent Bruton tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor ibrutinib is effective in relapsed/refractory MCL and penetrates the blood–brain barrier (BBB), on behalf of Fondazione Italiana Linfomi and European Mantle Cell Lymphoma Network we performed a multicenter retrospective international study to investigate the outcomes of patients treated with ibrutinib or chemoimmunotherapy. In this observational study, we recruited patients with MCL with CNS involvement at relapse who received...
Fondazione Italiana Linfomi and European Mantle Cell Lymphoma Network, Chiara Rusconi, Chan Y. Cheah, Toby A. Eyre, David Tucker, Pavel Klener, Eva Giné, Lara Crucitti, Cristina Muzi, Sara Iadecola, Gabriele Infante, Sophie Bernard, Rebecca L. Auer, Chiara Pagani, Monika Duglosz-Danecka, Heidi Mocikova, Tom van Meerten, Emanuele Cencini, Ana Marin-Niebla, Michael E. WilliamsPiera Angelillo, Paolo Nicoli, Annalisa Arcari, Lucia Morello, Donato Mannina, Orsola Vitagliano, Roberto Sartori, Annalisa Chiappella, Roberta Sciarra, Piero M. Stefani, Martin Dreyling, John F. Seymour, Carlo Visco
Antibody Response in Immunocompromised Patients with Hematologic Cancers Who Received a 3-Dose mRNA-1273 Vaccination Schedule for COVID-19
Published in: JAMA oncology
Importance: It has become common practice to offer immunocompromised patients with hematologic cancers a third COVID-19 vaccination dose, but data substantiating this are scarce. Objective: To assess whether a third mRNA-1273 vaccination is associated with increased neutralizing antibody concentrations in immunocompromised patients with hematologic cancers comparable to levels obtained in healthy individuals after the standard 2-dose mRNA-1273 vaccination schedule. Design, Setting, and Participants: This prospective observational cohort study was conducted at 4 university hospitals in the Netherlands and included 584 evaluable patients spanning the spectrum of hematologic cancers...
Sabine Haggenburg, Quincy Hofsink, Birgit I. Lissenberg-Witte, Annoek E.C. Broers, Jaap A. Van Doesum, Rob S. Van Binnendijk, Gerco Den Hartog, Michel S. Bhoekhan, Nienke J.E. Haverkate, Judith A. Burger, Joey H. Bouhuijs, Gaby P. Smits, Dorine Wouters, Ester M.M. Van Leeuwen, Hetty J. Bontkes, Neeltje A. Kootstra, Sonja Zweegman, Arnon P. Kater, Mirjam H.M. Heemskerk, Kaz GroenTom Van Meerten, Pim G.N.J. Mutsaers, Tim Beaumont, Marit J. Van Gils, Abraham Goorhuis, Caroline E. Rutten, Mette D. Hazenberg, Inger S. Nijhof
R-CEOP as first-line treatment for anthracycline-ineligible patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
Published in: Blood cancer journal
Timely administration of tocilizumab improves outcome of hospitalized COVID-19 patients
Published in: PLoS ONE
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to determine the efficacy of early tocilizumab treatment for hospitalized patients with COVID-19 disease. METHODS: Open-label randomized phase II clinical trial investigating tocilizumab in patients with proven COVID-19 admitted to the general ward and in need of supplemental oxygen. The primary endpoint of the study was 30-day mortality with a prespecified 2-sided significance level of α = 0.10. A post-hoc analysis was performed for a combined endpoint of mechanical ventilation or death at 30 days. Secondary objectives included comparing the duration...
Abraham Rutgers, Peter E Westerweel, Bronno van der Holt, Simone Postma, Marit G A van Vonderen, Djura P Piersma, Douwe Postma, Maarten van den Berge, Eefje Jong, Marten de Vries, Leonie van der Burg, Dennis Huugen, Marjolein van der Poel, Linda M Kampschreur, Marcel Nijland, Jaap H Strijbos, Menno Tamminga, Pim G N J Mutsaers, Suzanne Schol-Gelok, Margriet Dijkstra-TiekstraGrigory Sidorenkov, Julien Vincenten, Wouter H van Geffen, Marjolein Knoester, Jos Kosterink, Reinold Gans, Coen Stegeman, Gerwin Huls, Tom van Meerten