From 1986 through 1990, 13 previously untreated pediatric patients with advanced diffuse large-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (LC-NHL) were treated with a 12-week MACOP-B regimen at St Jude Children's Research Hospital. Although 12 patients (92%) achieved a complete response, and one had a partial response, the 2-year event-free survival was only 54 ± 15% (SE). Seven patients remain in continuous complete remission it a median of 40 months after therapy (range 23-57 months). Relapses occurred at sites of initial involvement in five patients it a median of 3.0 months after remission (range 1.2-8.5 months). Salvage therapy with radiation, and high-dose chemotherapy and bone marrow transplantation produced four durable second remissions. The 2-year overall survival for the entire group is 84 ± 10% (SE). The 12-week MACOP-B regimen proved feasible in an ambulatory clinic setting with only minimal toxicity. We found that MACOP-B is an effective and tolerable treatment for pediatric patients with LC-NHL but did not provide improved survival over that of a similar group of children treated in previous trials at this institution.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||5|
|Publication status||Published - Feb 1993|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research