Ex Vivo Drug Sensitivity Correlates with Clinical Response and Supports Personalized Therapy in Pediatric AML- Advances in Pediatric Acute Myeloid Leukemia
Children with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) experience unacceptably poor survival outcomes and are at high risk of relapse. Current treatment options are limited, and standard strategies rely on intensive chemotherapy to achieve remission, frequently resulting in treatment-related morbidities and significant late adverse effects. The use of an ex vivo drug sensitivity platform has potential clinical utility to aid individualized patient risk assignment, and it could allow for personalized treatment regimens, including identifying novel therapies for patients who are identified to be at a very high risk of treatment failure. In this study, we show that ex vivo drug sensitivity correlates with clinical response measures in a cohort of children with AML who received conventional chemotherapy. We also demonstrate preferential sensitivity ex vivo between conventional chemotherapy and the combination of bortezomib and panobinostat in a subset of patient samples. Our results support the value of an ex vivo drug sensitivity platform to identify individualized precision therapy for children with AML.