Introduction: Acalabrutinib, a selective Bruton tyrosine kinase (BTK) inhibitor, was granted accelerated approval by the FDA on 31 October 2017 for the treatment of patients with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) who have received at least one prior therapy. Areas covered: This narrative review provides an overview of acalabrutinib, its use in clinical practice and potential future developments. Expert commentary: BTK inhibitors have demonstrated efficacy in patients with relapsed or refractory MCL. To prepare patients for therapy, all preexisting infections should be diagnosed and treated, and infection prophylaxis undertaken. Serious adverse reactions are rare with acalabrutinib; however, patients should be made aware of common adverse events such as headaches, which usually resolve within one month without medical treatment. Interaction with other drugs appears to be less of an issue with acalabrutinib than with ibrutinib; however, patients receiving acalabrutinib therapy must be advised not to take any additional medications without first consulting with their treating physician. A key unmet medical need is treatment options for patients in whom BTK inhibitors are discontinued, because of either intolerance or refractory disease. Patients not tolerating ibrutinib could be switched to acalabrutinib, which has improved selectivity and increased tolerability. First-line treatment with acalabrutinib is being investigated.
- adverse events
- B-cell malignancies
- Bruton tyrosine kinase inhibitor
- mantle cell lymphoma
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