A doxorubicin-based regimen used in the treatment of elderly patients with high-grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
AuthorsWylie, James P
Cowan, Richard A
Radford, John A
Deakin, David P
Harris, Maggie A
Wilkinson, Peter M
AffiliationDepartment of Clinical Oncology, Christie Hospital NHS Trust, Manchester, UK.
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AbstractA retrospective analysis was performed on 66 patients, aged 70 years or older, who received treatment with a weekly doxorubicin-containing regimen (VAPEC-B) for high grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). Two dosing schedules were employed. The choice of regimen was at the discretion of the treating clinician and reflected the performance status of the patient and the predicted tolerance to chemotherapy. Forty-nine patients received a half-dose schedule and 17 the full-dose schedule. Those receiving the half-dose regimen had a lower median performance status and received a lower dose intensity of chemotherapy (45% versus 83%). However, the outcomes of the two groups were similar: complete remission rate 41% versus 47%, and 5-year overall survival 36% versus 23%, for the half- and full-dose groups, respectively. A similar proportion of patients (51% versus 59%) completed each regimen, although there were more delays in treatment delivery experienced in those receiving the full dose. Half-dose VAPEC-B is an effective treatment option for elderly patients with high-grade NHL and has comparable efficacy with other published regimens. The use of such low-dose doxorubicin-containing regimens in elderly patients with high-grade NHL requires further investigation.
CitationA doxorubicin-based regimen used in the treatment of elderly patients with high-grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. 2000, 12 (3):153-7 Clin Oncol