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Steven P. Treon, MD, PhD, on Treating COVID-19–Related Pulmonary Failure by Targeting BTK With Ibrutinib

Posted: Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Steven P. Treon, MD, PhD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses Bruton’s tyrosine kinase (BTK), which is activated during severe COVID-19 infection. Patients with the coronavirus and chronic lymphocytic leukemia who remained on the BTK inhibitor ibrutinib had a mild disease course, with decreased C-reactive protein and improved oxygenation. Clinical trials to validate the role of BTK inhibitors in treating COVID-19–related pulmonary distress are now underway.

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