Phase II trial of short-course R-Chop followed by 90Y- ibritumomab tiuxetan in previously untreated high-risk elderly diffuse large B-cell lymphoma patients

Pier Luigi Zinzani, Giuseppe Rossi, Silvia Franceschetti, Barbara Botto, Alice Di Rocco, Maria Giuseppina Cabras, Maria Concetta Petti, Vittorio Stefoni, Alessandro Broccoli, Stefano Fanti, Cinzia Pellegrini, Gian Carlo Montini, Letizia Gandolfi, Enrico Derenzini, Lisa Argnani, Mariapaola Fina, Alessandra Tucci, Chiara Bottelli, Stefano Pileri, Michele Baccarani

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Purpose: This study aimed to evaluate the efficacy and safety of the treatment with 90Y-ibritumomab tiuxetan following a short-course of rituximab with cyclophosphamide-adriamycin-vincristine-prednisone (R-CHOP) in high-risk elderly patients with previously untreated diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Experimental Design: From December 2006 to October 2008, 55 high-risk elderly (age ≥60 years) untreated DLBCL patients were treated in seven Italian institutions with a short-course of chemotherapy consisting of four cycles of R-CHOP21 followed by 90Y-ibritumomab tiuxetan 6 to 10 weeks later. Results: Of the 55 patients, 48 underwent radioimmunotherapy. The overall response rate to the entire treatment regimen was 80%, including 73% complete remissions and 7% partial remissions. Eight (50%) of the 16 patients who achieved less than a complete response with CHOP improved their remission status after 90Y-ibritumomab tiuxetan administration. With a median follow-up of 18 months, the 2-year progression-free survival was estimated to be 85%, with a 2-year overall survival of 86%. 90Y-ibritumomab tiuxetan toxicity consisted of grade 3 to 4 hematologic toxicity in 28 of 48 patients, mainly neutropenia (23 patients) and thrombocytopenia (15 patients). Red cells and/or platelets transfusions were given to three patients. Conclusion: This study evaluated the feasibility, efficacy, and safety of a short-course R-CHOP21 regimen followed by 90Y-ibritumomab tiuxetan in high-risk elderly DLBCL patients.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3998-4004
Number of pages7
JournalClinical Cancer Research
Issue number15
Publication statusPublished - Aug 1 2010

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology


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