Twenty-five elderly patients with untreated indolent non-Hodgkin lymphoma were treated with oral fludarabine 25 mg/m2/d (40 mg total dose) and cyclophosphamide 150 mg/m2/d, both for four consecutive days, repeated every 28 d for four cycles. In all, 21 (84%) patients were responsive: 10 patients achieved complete remission while partial response was obtained in 11. During an observation period of 37 months, there was an overall survival rate of 70% and a median event-free survival of 20 months. Haematological and extra-haematological toxicity were mild. This reduced-dose Flu-based oral regimen showed good efficacy and was simple to administer on an outpatient basis.
- Indolent non-Hoddgkin lymphoma
- Oral fludarabine
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