Updates in Novel Therapies for Blastic Plasmacytoid Dendritic Cell Neoplasm (BPDCN).


Journal Article (Review)

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Blastic plasmacytoid dendritic cell neoplasm (BPDCN) is a rare, clinically aggressive hematologic malignancy that has heterogeneous presentation and can involve the skin, lymph nodes, and bone marrow. Recent advancements in our patho-biologic understanding of the disease have led to the development of new targeted therapies for BPDCN. In this review, we aimed to describe some of the novel treatments that are being put forward for the management of BPDCN. RECENT FINDINGS: Tagraxofusp is the first CD123-targeted therapy approved as the first ever targeted treatment of BPDCN in patients aged 2 years and older. This agent was approved based on a pivotal clinical trial that showed that it was associated with high rates of clinical responses in both treatment-naïve and treatment-experienced patients. The most serious adverse event was occurrence of the capillary leak syndrome. Other targeted therapies are actively being investigated in clinical trials. These include other CD123-targeted approaches, as well as active investigation in targets beyond CD123, such as the BCL-2 inhibitor, venetoclax. BPDCN is a rare hematologic clonal disorder with historically poor outcomes. Newer targeted therapies have been recently introduced, with promising results and novel toxicities that are important to recognize and understand. Stem cell transplantation after achievement of complete remission remains the mainstay of therapy among younger/fit, eligible patients, regardless of treatment modality used.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Economides, MP; Rizzieri, D; Pemmaraju, N

Published Date

  • December 2019

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 14 / 6

Start / End Page

  • 515 - 522

PubMed ID

  • 31853773

Pubmed Central ID

  • 31853773

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1558-822X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s11899-019-00556-2


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States