As a hematologist I am always looking for new development that might improve patient care. My main research focus is on patients with Hodgkin lymphoma and multiple myeloma. I am involved in both translational and clinical studies. In cooperation with the Pathology, I am active in the field of biomarkers, such as TARC in Hodgkin lymphoma. For the design, development and execution of clinical trials, I am an active member of both international (EORTC) and national (HOVON) organizations. For example, I am the national PI of the EORTC COBRA trial in Hodgkin lymphoma. Moreover, I am co-PI of the translational research in two international trials. In addition, I am part of the Dutch guideline writing committee for Hodgkin lymphoma. In myeloma, I am investigating innovative treatment options to improve outcome.
Prognostic value of TARC and quantitative PET parameters in relapsed or refractory Hodgkin lymphoma patients treated with brentuximab vedotin and DHAP
Published in: Leukemia
Risk-stratified treatment strategies have the potential to increase survival and lower toxicity in relapsed/refractory classical Hodgkin lymphoma (R/R cHL) patients. This study investigated the prognostic value of serum (s)TARC, vitamin D and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH), TARC immunohistochemistry and quantitative PET parameters in 65 R/R cHL patients who were treated with brentuximab vedotin (BV) and DHAP followed by autologous stem-cell transplantation (ASCT) within the Transplant BRaVE study (NCT02280993). At a median follow-up of 40 months, the 3-year progression free survival (PFS) was 77% (95% CI: 67–88%) and the overall...
HOVON Lunenburg Lymphoma Phase I/II Consortium (LLPC), Julia Driessen, Marie José Kersten, Lydia Visser, Anke van den Berg, Sanne H. Tonino, Josée M. Zijlstra, Pieternella J. Lugtenburg, Franck Morschhauser, Martin Hutchings, Sandy Amorim, Thomas Gastinne, Marcel Nijland, Gerben J.C. Zwezerijnen, Ronald Boellaard, Henrica C.W. de Vet, Anne I.J. Arens, Roelf Valkema, Roberto D.K. Liu, Esther E.E. DreesDaphne de Jong, Wouter J. Plattel, Arjan Diepstra
Employment situation among long-term Hodgkin lymphoma survivors in Europe: an analysis of patients from nine consecutive EORTC-LYSA trials
Published in: Journal of Cancer Survivorship
Purpose: Little is known about the employment situation of long-term Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) survivors despite their young age at diagnosis and the favorable prognosis of the disease. In this cross-sectional study, we aim to describe the employment situation in a cohort of long-term HL survivors compared to the general population and investigate the associations with disease characteristics and treatment exposure. Methods: HL survivors > 25 years (n = 1961) were matched 1:25 to controls (n = 49,025) from the European Union Labour Force Survey. Individual treatment information was obtained...
Sidsel J. Juul, Sára Rossetti, Michal Kicinski, Marleen A.E. van der Kaaij, Francesco Giusti, Paul Meijnders, Berthe M.P. Aleman, John M.M. Raemaekers, Hanneke C. Kluin-Nelemans, Michele Spina, Christophe Fermé, Loïc Renaud, Olivier Casasnovas, Aspasia Stamatoullas, Marc André, Fabien Le Bras, Wouter J. Plattel, Michel Henry-Amar, Martin Hutchings, Maja V. Maraldo
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...
Impact of rituximab on treatment outcomes of patients with angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma: a population-based analysis
Published in: European Journal of Cancer
Background: Patients with angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL) are treated with cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine and prednisone with or without etoposide (CHO(E)P). In the majority of cases, Epstein–Barr virus (EBV)-positive B-cells are present in the tumour. There is paucity of research examining the effect of rituximab when added to CHO(E)P. In this nationwide, population-based study, we analysed the impact of rituximab on overall response rate (ORR), progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) of patients with AITL. Methods: Patients with AITL diagnosed between 2014 and 2020 treated with ≥one cycle...
Frederik O. Meeuwes, Mirian Brink, Marjolein W.M. van der Poel, Marie José Kersten, Mariëlle Wondergem, Pim G.N.J. Mutsaers, Lara Böhmer, Sherida Woei-A-Jin, Otto Visser, Rimke Oostvogels, Patty M. Jansen, Arjan Diepstra, Tjeerd J.F. Snijders, Wouter J. Plattel, Gerwin A. Huls, Joost S.P. Vermaat, Marcel Nijland
Impact of etoposide and ASCT on survival among patients aged <65 years with stage II to IV PTCL: a population-based cohort study
Published in: Blood
Patients aged <65 years with peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL) are treated with cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (CHOP). Although the addition of etoposide (CHOEP) and consolidation with autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) are preferred in some countries, randomized trials are lacking. This nationwide population-based study assessed the impact of etoposide and ASCT on overall survival (OS) among patients aged 18 to 64 years with stage II to IV anaplastic large-cell lymphoma (ALCL), angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL), or PTCL not otherwise specified (NOS) diagnosed between 1989 and 2018 using...