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Role of interim-PET (I-PET) in diffuse large B-cell Lymphoma (DLBCL) is controversial. To determine predictive value of I-PET on progression-free survival (PFS), we enrolled 88 first-line DLBCL patients treated with 6-8 R-CHOP courses regardless of I-PET. PET/CT were performed at diagnosis, after 2 to 4 courses and at the end of therapy with central(More)
A specific prognostication score for hepatitis C virus-positive diffuse large B-cell lymphomas is not available. For this purpose, the Fondazione Italiana Linfomi (FIL, Italian Lymphoma Foundation) carried out a multicenter retrospective study on a large consecutive series of patients with hepatitis C virus-associated diffuse large B-cell lymphoma to(More)
BACKGROUND To evaluate the activity and safety of nonpegylated liposomal doxorubicin (Myocet) when substituted for doxorubicin in the R-CHOP regimen (R-COMP). PATIENTS AND METHODS Seventy-five elderly patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) were studied. Only patients with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) > or =50% were allowed.(More)
PURPOSE To investigate the role of radiation therapy (RT) in patients affected with primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma (PMBCL) with residual (18)fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography ((18)FDG-PET)-positive disease after rituximab chemotherapy (R-CT). METHODS AND MATERIALS Thirty-seven patients treated with R-CT and RT, all with (18)FDG-PET scan(More)
BACKGROUND Third-generation regimens (MACOP-B [methotrexate/leucovorin (LV)/doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide/vincristine/ prednisone/bleomycin] or VACOP-B [etoposide/LV/doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide/vincristine/prednisone/bleomycin]) in combination with local radiation therapy seem to improve lymphoma-free survival of primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma(More)
BACKGROUND Central nervous system (CNS) involvement in mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is uncommon, and the manifestations and natural history are not well described. PATIENTS AND METHODS We present the data on 57 patients with MCL who developed CNS involvement, from a database of 1396 consecutively treated patients at 14 institutions. RESULTS The crude(More)
AIM Primitive mediastinal B-cell lymphoma (PMBCL) is a relatively rare form of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL), typically concerning the youngster, with an aggressive course and poor prognosis. The therapy generally consists of high dose chemotherapy followed by radiotherapy. PET-CT is used at staging, restaging after chemotherapy and after radiotherapy, or when(More)
BACKGROUND Up to 40% of elderly patients with untreated diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) given a regimen of rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisolone every 21 days (R-CHOP21) relapse or develop refractory disease. Lenalidomide has high activity in relapsed or refractory aggressive B-cell lymphomas. In phase 2 of the REAL07(More)
AIM Identification of bone marrow disease (BMD) is a crucial step in the diagnostic work-up of patients with lymphoma. In lymphoma staging, bone marrow biopsy (BMb) is considered as the gold standard, despite its limitations. The aim of this study was to compare the usefulness of 2-deoxy-2-[(18)F]fluoro-D-glucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) vs(More)
Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is a distinct subtype of malignant lymphoma characterized by the chromosomal translocation t(11;14)(q13;q32), resulting in constitutional overexpression of cyclin D1 and cell cycle dysregulation in virtually all cases. Clinically, MCL displays an aggressive course, with a continuous relapse pattern and a median survival of only(More)