High-dose therapy and stem cell transplantation.
ABSTRACT Results of conventional or high-dose chemotherapy for peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL) are unsatisfactory, leaving a potential role for autologous or allogeneic stem cell transplantation. There are a number of retrospective studies and a few prospective studies on autologous transplantation for first-line PTCL treatment. Studies show that autologous transplant is feasible in relapsed and previously untreated patients, and efficacy is comparable to results in aggressive B-cell lymphomas. Allogeneic transplant may also have a role in relapsed PTCL, especially in the context of reduced-intensity conditioning, which has decreased nonrelapse mortality. However, it is unclear whether there is a role for allogeneic transplant as a frontline treatment option.
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ABSTRACT: The International Peripheral T-cell Lymphoma Project is a collaborative effort to better understand peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL). A total of 22 institutions submitted clinical and pathologic material on 1314 cases. One objective was to analyze the clinical and pathologic features of 340 cases of PTCL, not otherwise specified. The median age of the patients was 60 years, and the majority (69%) presented with advanced stage disease. Most patients (87%) presented with nodal disease, but extranodal disease was present in 62%. The 5-year overall survival was 32%, and the 5-year failure-free survival was only 20%. The majority of patients (80%) were treated with combination chemotherapy that included an anthracycline, but there was no survival advantage. The International Prognostic Index (IPI) was predictive of both overall survival and failure-free survival (P < .001). Multivariate analysis of clinical and pathologic prognostic factors, respectively, when controlling for the IPI, identified bulky disease (≥ 10 cm), thrombocytopenia (< 150 × 10(9)/L), and a high number of transformed tumor cells (> 70%) as adverse predictors of survival, but only the latter was significant in final analysis. Thus, the IPI and a single pathologic feature could be used to stratify patients with PTCL-not otherwise specified for novel and risk-adapted therapies.Blood 03/2011; 117(12):3402-8. · 9.78 Impact Factor
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ABSTRACT: Clinical trials (CTs) are needed to improve the outcome for peripheral T-cell lymphomas (PTCL), and accrual into CTs is one of the main recommendations in international treatment guidelines. The use of risk-adapted strategies has been suggested as a way to optimize treatment outcome in PTCL. The aim of the present study was to evaluate CT eligibility and selected prognostic indices in a population-based PTCL cohort of 481 PTCL patients identified from the Danish Lymphoma Registry in the period 2000–2010. According to five predefined parameters (age, performance status, P-creatinine, P-ALAT and measurable tumour lesion), patients were subdivided into four groups: ‘younger fit’, ‘elderly fit’, ‘frail’ and ‘not CT eligible’. International prognostic index (IPI), prognostic index for T-cell lymphoma (PIT) and anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) protein expression were tested at subtype-specific level. Overall, 41% of the patients were considered eligible for interventional CTs implicating curatively intended multiagent chemotherapy, including, if considered appropriate, consolidating stem cell transplantation (SCT), as part of the upfront management strategy. Moreover, 28% was elderly fit and eligible for interventional CT, including those with SCT as part of the trial design. Approximately 7% were defined as ‘too frail’ for aggressive treatment schedules, whereas 24% were deemed not to be eligible for any CT. Both overall and progression-free survivals were effectively predicted by IPI and PIT (p < 0.001). ALK-positive anaplastic large cell lymphoma patients were significantly younger (median age 40 vs. 62, p < 0.001) and had a better outcome than their ALK-negative counterparts (p < 0.001). However, ALK expression lost its prognostic significance when adjusting for age. In a population-based cohort of adult Caucasian PTCL patients, approximately half were eligible for multiagent chemotherapy with or without consolidating SCT. Both IPI and PIT are useful prognostic indices in all ‘primary nodal’ PTCL entities. The prognostic value of ALK protein expression in anaplastic large cell lymphoma is significantly downsized when adjusting for age. Copyright © 2014 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.Hematological Oncology 07/2014; · 2.36 Impact Factor