Acute leukemias: is MRD already a surrogate for survival?
The use of minimal residual disease (MRD) in the management of acute leukemias is a hotly debated topic. Despite the potential of MRD status as a prognostic marker and measure of disease, there are a number of controversies surrounding its use. These were discussed in a thought-provoking session at the 1st International Workshop on Acute Leukemias (iwAL), held in St. Pete Beach, FL. Chairing the discussion, Farhad Ravandi, MD, of the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, is joined by Marion Subklewe, MD, of LMU-University Hospital Munich, Munich, Germany, and Adriano Venditti, MD, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Rome, Italy. Dr Subklewe covers the use of MRD in acute myeloid leukemia (AML), which is lagging behind that in acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL).