International Journal of Hematology

, Volume 88, Issue 4, pp 409–417 | Cite as

Current and future perspectives on the TARGET system: the registration system for Glivec® established by the JSH

  • Masahiro Kizaki
  • Shinichiro Okamoto
  • Tetsuzo Tauchi
  • Hideo Tanaka
  • Mitsune Tanimoto
  • Koiti Inokuchi
  • Tohru Murayama
  • Yoshio Saburi
  • Masayuki Hino
  • Mitsuru Tsudo
  • Taizo Shimomura
  • Yasushi Isobe
  • and the TARGET Investigators
Original Article


Since hematology is a highly specialized field, an individual physician may not have much direct treatment experience with a given disease. Therefore, the Japanese Society of Hematology (JSH) has discussed establishing a registry of hematologic disorders, in order to contribute to improving the quality of treatments and clinical outcomes in this field. As a first step, the Timely and Appropriate Registration System for GLIVEC Therapy (TARGET), a registration system for chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) patients treated with imatinib, was established in October 2003. We present the preliminary results of the first 4 years’ experience with this system. CML patients treated with imatinib in Japan were registered through the website and the patient’s clinical course, including parameters and events like imatinib dose, blood counts, adverse events, and efficacy were recorded in months 1, 3, 6, 9, and 12 and then every 6 months thereafter. By September 2007, 862 patients from 176 hospitals were registered. Follow-up period was 0–54 months, and 127 patients were followed-up for more than 36 months. Based on these cumulative data, present imatinib treatment trends were analyzed and safety and efficacy were compared with international trial data.


Glivec® CML Registration TARGET IRIS study JSH 



The Hematological Disease Registration Committee members are grateful to the hematologists from around Japan for their cooperation with the TARGET system and registration of cases.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Masahiro Kizaki
    • 1
  • Shinichiro Okamoto
    • 2
  • Tetsuzo Tauchi
    • 3
  • Hideo Tanaka
    • 4
  • Mitsune Tanimoto
    • 5
  • Koiti Inokuchi
    • 6
  • Tohru Murayama
    • 7
  • Yoshio Saburi
    • 8
  • Masayuki Hino
    • 9
  • Mitsuru Tsudo
    • 10
  • Taizo Shimomura
    • 11
  • Yasushi Isobe
    • 12
  • and the TARGET Investigators
  1. 1.Department of Hematology, Saitama Medical CenterSaitama Medical UniversityKawagoeJapan
  2. 2.Division of HematologyKeio University School of MedicineTokyoJapan
  3. 3.First Department of Internal MedicineTokyo Medical UniversityTokyoJapan
  4. 4.Department of Hematology and Oncology, Research Institute for Radiation Biology and MedicineHiroshima UniversityHiroshimaJapan
  5. 5.Department of Hematology, Oncology and Respiratory MedicineOkayama University Graduate School of Medicine, Dentistry and Pharmaceutical SciencesOkayamaJapan
  6. 6.Division of Hematology, Department of Internal MedicineNippon Medical SchoolTokyoJapan
  7. 7.Hematology Division, Department of MedicineHyogo Cancer CenterHyogoJapan
  8. 8.Department of HematologyOita Prefectural HospitalOitaJapan
  9. 9.Clinical Hematology and Clinical Diagnosis, Graduate School of MedicineOsaka City UniversityOsakaJapan
  10. 10.Department of HematologyOsaka Red Cross HospitalOsakaJapan
  11. 11.Department of HematologyNTT Japan Kyushu HospitalKumamotoJapan
  12. 12.Division of Hematology, Department of Internal MedicineJuntendo University School of MedicineTokyoJapan

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