Current Oncology Reports

, 21:16 | Cite as

New Treatment Options for Acute Myeloid Leukemia in 2019

  • Marco Cerrano
  • Raphael ItzyksonEmail author
Leukemia (A Aguayo, Section Editor)
Part of the following topical collections:
  1. Topical Collection on Leukemia


Purpose of Review

The extensive genomic characterization of acute myeloid leukemia (AML) led to the identification of a vast number of potential therapeutic targets. We review relevant data that have led to recent approval of new targeted therapies in AML and discuss the most promising drugs currently in development in this disease.

Recent Findings

New formulations of cytotoxic agents, namely CPX-351 and gemtuzumab ozogamicin, improve the outcome of defined subgroup of patients. Midostaurin added to intensive chemotherapy is approved in FLT3-mutated AML. More selective FLT3 inhibitors and the IDH inhibitors enasidenib and ivosidenib have shown significant single agent activity in the relapsed setting, and preliminary results of combination strategies are encouraging. The addition of the BCL2 inhibitor venetoclax appears to markedly improve the results of hypomethylating agents.


The therapeutic armamentarium of AML now includes novel cytotoxic drugs, drugs targeting recurrent oncogenes, or functional vulnerabilities of leukemic cells. Further work is required to optimize their integration to the current framework of AML management, including allogeneic stem cell transplantation.


Acute myeloid leukemia Targeted therapy FLT3 inhibitors BCL2 inhibitors IDH inhibitors Hypomethylating agents 


Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of Interest

Marco Cerrano declares that he has no conflict of interest.

Raphael Itzykson has received research funding from Oncoethix S.A. (now Merck), Janssen and Novartis; has received consulting fees from Jazz Pharmaceuticals, Otsuka, and Karyopharm Therapeutics; has received honoraria from Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene, and Sanofi; and has received travel grants from Daiichi Sankyo.

Human and Animal Rights and Informed Consent

This article does not contain any studies with human or animal subjects performed by any of the authors.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Hematology, Hopital Saint-Louis, Assistance Publique Hopitaux de ParisParis Diderot UniversityParisFrance
  2. 2.Department of HematologyUniversità degli studi di TorinoTurinItaly
  3. 3.INSERM/CNRS UMR 944/7212, Paris Cancer Research Institute (PACRI)ParisFrance
  4. 4.INSERM/CNRS UMR 944/7212, Hematology Department, Hopital Saint-Louis, Hopitaux de ParisUniversite Paris DiderotParisFrance

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