[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Nodular lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin lymphoma represents a distinct entity from classical Hodgkin lymphoma. We conducted a retrospective study to investigate the management of patients with nodular lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin lymphoma. Clinical characteristics, treatment and outcome of adult patients with nodular lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin lymphoma were collected in the Lymphoma Study Association centers. Progression-free survival and overall survival were analyzed, and the competing risks formulation of Cox model regression was used to control the effect of risk factors on relapse or death as competing events. Among 314 evaluable patients, 82.5% had early-stage nodular lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin lymphoma. Initial management consisted in watchful waiting (36.3%), radiotherapy (20.1%), rituximab (8.9%), chemotherapy or immuno-chemotherapy (21.7%), combined modality treatment (12.7%), or radiotherapy and rituximab (0.3%). With a median follow-up of 55.8 months, the 10-year PFS and OS estimates were 44.2% and 94.9%, respectively. The 4-year PFS estimates were 79.6% after radiotherapy, 77.0% after rituximab alone, 78.8% after chemotherapy or immuno-chemotherapy, and 93.9% after combined modality treatment. For the whole population, early treatment with chemotherapy or radiotherapy, but not rituximab alone (Hazard ratio 0.695 [0.320-1.512], p=0.3593) significantly reduced the risk of progression compared to watchful waiting (HR 0.388 [0.234-0.643], p=0.0002). Early treatment appears beneficial over watchful waiting in terms of progression-free survival but has no impact on overall survival. Radiotherapy in selected early stage nodular lymphocyte predominant Hodgkin lymphoma, and combined modality treatment, chemotherapy or immuno-chemotherapy for other patients are the main options to treat adult patients with a curative intent.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Impact of total-body irradiation (TBI) in conditioning regimen on outcome for patients with mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) remains unknown.
Patients with MCL who underwent autologous stem-cell transplantation (ASCT) in our institution were eligible for the present study (n=73). We analyzed the impact of various biologic and clinical parameters, with and without TBI, on patient outcome.
All patients presented with chemosensitive disease at transplantation. Median follow-up from ASCT was 37.2 months. One- and three-year overall survival (OS) rates were 90.3% and 74.5%, progression-free survival (PFS) rates were 85% and 59%, respectively. Three-year OS and PFS rates in the non-TBI group versus TBI group were similar: 80% versus 72.5% and 60% versus 57%, respectively. In univariate analysis, the use of TBI did not modify OS or PFS (P=0.93 and P=0.48, respectively). This remains true for patients who underwent ASCT up front. According to multivariate analysis, OS tended to be shorter for patients presenting with high Mantle Cell Lymphoma International Prognostic Index or low hemoglobin level.
Absence of TBI in conditioning regimen modifies neither PFS nor OS. The present retrospective and monocentric analysis shows that transplant patients with MCL remain highly exposed to relapse.
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Few data are available on the efficacy of the combination of lenalidomide plus dexamethasone (Len/Dex) in very elderly patients above 75 years of age with relapsed multiple myeloma (MM). We report here a single-center series of 45 consecutive patients aged 75 years or older with relapsed MM treated with this combination. The overall response rate was 62% and the median progression-free survival was 14 months, which compares favorably to that described in the two pivotal prospective studies that formed the basis for the approval of Len/Dex in the relapse setting. Our study confirms that Len/Dex is an effective combination in very elderly patients with relapsed MM.
No preview · Article · Jan 2012 · Leukemia & lymphoma
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: [(18)F] fluoro-2-deoxy-D-glucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) is increasingly used for response assessment in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). A positive interim FDG-PET was shown to be associated with an unfavorable outcome in high-grade non-Hodgkin's lymphomas. For positive interim FDG-PET patients, the question of increasing the intensity of treatment using high-dose chemotherapy followed by auto-SCT (HDC-ASCT) remains unanswered. We retrospectively analyzed the prognostic value of FDG-PET in 42 DLBCL patients who were systematically evaluated at time of diagnosis, before and after HDC-ASCT. Of note, HDC-ASCT was part of the initial treatment strategy, while FDG-PET results did not influence the treatment approach. Results and outcome were analyzed according to FDG-PET results before and after HDC-ASCT. Patients were classified into three groups according to FDG-PET results before and after HDC-ASCT: those who were negative before and after (-/-; n=25), positive before and negative after (+/-; n=9) or positive before and after (+/+; n=8). The median follow-up was 34.5 (range, 19-74) months. The median EFS was significantly lower for the +/+ group (27.4 months) as compared with other groups (median not reached; P=0.0001). More importantly, there was no difference in term of EFS between the -/- group compared with the +/- group. These results suggest that HDC-ASCT can significantly improve the bad prognosis, otherwise indicated by a positive interim FDG-PET.
Full-text · Article · Mar 2011 · Bone marrow transplantation
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We have used the dose of 9 mg/m(2) of mylotarg 4 days after the beginning of a chemotherapy including intermediate-dose aracytin and mitoxantrone (MIDAM) in 17 patients with refractory (n=4) or relapsed (n=13) AML. Thirteen patients (76%) achieved CR (n=12) or partial CR (n=1). All four refractory patients and all four patients with poor risk cytogenetic achieved CR or CRp. Although the dose of mylotarg given in combination with chemotherapy was not reduced, the toxicity profile was acceptable (1VOD/17 patients). The MIDAM protocol appears to be highly effective especially in patients with poor risk cytogenetic and/or refractory disease.
No preview · Article · Oct 2005 · Leukemia Research