Alessandra Cuttica

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The aim of this study was to investigate feasibility, tolerability and efficacy of rituximab-supplemented high-dose sequential chemotherapy (R-HDS) with peripheral blood progenitor cell autografting as frontline or salvage treatment in patients with advanced non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL). Thirty-two patients have been treated: 14 at disease onset and 18 with(More)
Hematological and extrahematological toxicity of high-dose (hd) mitoxantrone (MITO) and melphalan (L-PAM) as conditioning regimen prior to peripheral blood progenitor cell (PBPC) autograft was evaluated in 113 lymphoma patients (87 at disease onset). Autograft was the final part of a hd-sequential (HDS) chemotherapy program, including a debulkying phase(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the prognostic relevance of molecular monitoring of minimal residual disease in indolent lymphomas receiving high-dose sequential chemotherapy and autografting. PATIENTS, MATERIALS, AND METHODS A polymerase chain reaction- (PCR-)based strategy was used to evaluate the presence of residual tumor cells in a panel of 70 indolent lymphoma(More)
Long-term outcome, after first line intensified high-dose sequential (i-HDS) chemotherapy, was evaluated in 46 patients, aged < or =65 years, with advanced low-grade lymphoma. Seventeen patients had small lymphocytic lymphoma (SLL), 29 had follicular lymphoma (FL), 10 of them with histologic transformation. I-HDS included: (1) tumor debulking, by 2 APO+2(More)
In this study we investigated telomere restriction fragment (TRF) length in a panel of mature B-cell lymphoproliferative disorders (MBCLDs) and correlated this parameter with histology and histopathogenesis in relation to the germinal center (GC). We assessed 123 MBCLD samples containing 80% or more tumor cells. TRF length was evaluated by Southern blot(More)
Mobilized peripheral blood progenitor cells (PBPC) are widely employed in the management of adult patients with high-risk non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL), though their use in the elderly has received little attention. This study was mounted to assess the feasibility of the mobilization, harvesting, and reinfusion of PBPC in NHL patients aged >60. Twenty(More)
BACKGROUND The objective of the current study was to evaluate in a multicenter setting the feasibility and efficacy of a high-dose sequential (HDS) chemotherapy regimen that combined intensive debulking and high-dose therapy (HDT) with peripheral blood progenitor cell (PBPC) autografting in patients with refractory or recurrent Hodgkin lymphoma (HL). (More)
BACKGROUND The goal of the current study was to evaluate the impact of presentation with an age-adjusted International Prognostic Index (aaIPI) score of 2 or 3 on patients with high-risk aggressive lymphoma who are treated with frontline intensive chemotherapy and autografting. METHODS Sixty-nine consecutive patients (median age, 40 years) with either(More)
A high-dose (HD) chemotherapy scheme was designed for the collection of large numbers of peripheral blood progenitor cells (PBPC) in lymphoma patients who were candidates for myeloablative therapy with autograft. The scheme included the sequential administration of HD cyclophosphamide (CY) (7 g/m(2)) and HD ara-C (2 g/m(2) twice a day for 6 consecutive(More)