Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) has markedly impacted on the management of patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and their outcome in the last year. The cumulative incidence of COVID-19 in patients with CLL in 1 year was approximately 3% in the recent Italian CAMPUS CLL survey; large retrospective studies have documented a higher mortality in patients with CLL hospitalized for severe COVID-19 compared with the general population. Controversial results for CLL-directed treatment have been reported, with some studies suggesting a potential benefit for BTK inhibitors. Reducing the number of hospital visits, delaying treatment whenever possible, and using oral therapy have become the mainstay of management in these patients. Available results with severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 vaccines indicate an immune serological response in 40% of patients only, with a detrimental effect of recent therapy with or without anti-CD20 therapy, older age, and hypogammaglobulinemia. Further studies are needed to determine the best strategies in patients with CLL regarding (i) management of concomitant COVID-19, (ii) identification of patients in whom CLL therapy can be safely postponed, (iii) CLL treatment algorithms, and (iv) optimal severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 vaccination strategies.
COVID-19 and Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia: Where We Stand Now / Chatzikonstantinou, T.; Herishanu, Y.; Montserrat, E.; Ghia, P.; Cuneo, A.; Foa, R.; Scarfo, L.. - In: THE CANCER JOURNAL. - ISSN 1528-9117. - 27:4(2021), pp. 328-333. [10.1097/PPO.0000000000000535]