In March of this year, the Hematology/Oncology Pharmacy Association (HOPA) held its annual meeting in New Orleans, LA. What made this meeting special is that it marked the 10-year anniversary of the conference and was highlighted by a special keynote lecture by John Kuhn, one of HOPA’s founding members, and its first president.
Acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) is among the most common hematologic malignancies, with an annual incidence of 6020 patients in the United States, of which 2000 to 2500 cases occur in adults. Trends have shown an early peak between the ages of 4 and 5 years, with another increase after the age of 50 years.
It is estimated that in 2014 there will be 15,720 new cases of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and 4600 deaths from CLL, making it the second most common leukemia in adults in the United States. The average age at diagnosis is approximately 72 years.

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