Brentuximab vedotin in relapsed/refractory Hodgkin's lymphoma: The Italian experience and results of its use in daily clinical practice outside clinical trials

Pier Luigi Zinzani, Simonetta Viviani, Antonella Anastasia, Umberto Vitolo, Stefano Luminari, Francesco Zaja, Paolo Corradini, Michele Spina, Ercole Brusamolino, Alessandro M. Gianni, Armando Santoro, Barbara Botto, Enrico Derenzini, Cinzia Pellegrini, Lisa Argnani

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Clinical trial results indicate that brentuximab vedotin brings considerable promise for the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory Hodgkin's lymphoma. A retrospective multicenter study was conducted on 65 heavily pretreated patients who underwent therapy through a Named Patient Program in Italy (non trial-setting). The primary study endpoint was the objective response rate; secondary endpoints were safety, overall survival and progression- free survival. The best overall response rate (70.7%), including 21.5% complete responses, was observed at the first restaging after the third cycle of treatment. After a median follow up of 13.2 months, the overall survival rate at 20 months was 73.8% while the progression-free survival rate at 20 months was 24.2%. Globally nine patients are in continuous complete response with a median follow up of 14 months (range, 10-19 months). Four patients proceeded to autotransplantation and nine to allotransplantation. The most frequent extra-hematologic toxicity was peripheral neuropathy, observed in 21.5% of cases (9 patients with grade 1/2 and 5 patients with grade 3/4); neurological toxicity led to discontinuation of treatment in three patients and to dose reduction in four. In general the treatment was well tolerated and toxicities, both hematologic and extra-hematologic, were manageable. This report indicates and confirms that brentuximab vedotin as a single agent is effective and safe also when used in standard, everyday clinical practice outside a clinical trial. Best overall responses were recorded after three or four cycles and showed that brentuximab vedotin provides an effective bridge to further therapeutic interventions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1232-1236
Number of pages5
JournalHaematologica
Volume98
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2013

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  • Hematology

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    Zinzani, P. L., Viviani, S., Anastasia, A., Vitolo, U., Luminari, S., Zaja, F., Corradini, P., Spina, M., Brusamolino, E., Gianni, A. M., Santoro, A., Botto, B., Derenzini, E., Pellegrini, C., & Argnani, L. (2013). Brentuximab vedotin in relapsed/refractory Hodgkin's lymphoma: The Italian experience and results of its use in daily clinical practice outside clinical trials. Haematologica, 98(8), 1232-1236. https://doi.org/10.3324/haematol.2012.083048