The results of two distinct and successive clinical pilot studies investigating feasibility of aggressive chemotherapy in large cell and unclassified non-Hodgkin's lymphomas are reported. In the first study (1986-87) the ProMACE-MOPP chemotherapy (P-M), a 2(nd) generation regimen, was administered to 10 patients, whereas in the second study (1987-88) the ProMACE-CytaBOM schedule (P-C), a 3(rd) generation regimen, was administered to 13 patients. The clinical and prognostic features of the two groups of patients were quite comparable, the only difference being the different follow-up times (median: 43 vs 26 months). The number of complete remissions, freedom from relapse and overall survival were slightly better in the P-M group, without a statistically significant difference, despite the longer follow-up time. Hematological toxicity was higher in the P-M study, while gastrointestinal (mucositis, hepatic transitory damage) and neurological toxicity (peripheral neuritis) were somewhat lower. In conclusion, the P-M regimen is worth considering for the treatment of high grade malignant lymphomas, although it was not recently designed and is not widely used at present.
|Translated title of the contribution||ProMACE-MOPP vs ProMACE-CytaBOM chemotherapy in the treatment of large cell unclassified non-Hodgkin's lymphomas|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Annali Italiani di Medicina Interna|
|Publication status||Published - 1991|
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- Internal Medicine