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This study was designed to test the hypothesis that administration of granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF; filgrastim) during induction chemotherapy with CHOP (cyclophosphamide, vincristine, doxorubicin, prednisone) or CNOP (doxorubicin replaced with mitoxantrone) in elderly patients with aggressive non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) improves time to(More)
BACKGROUND Fludarabine seems to be a promising treatment for patients with advanced chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL). We compared fludarabine therapy with the combination of cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, and prednisone (CAP) for treatment of CLL in a randomised, multicentre prospective trial. METHODS Patients older than 18 years of age were entered(More)
Multiple myeloma is characterized by a proliferation of clonal B lymphocytes and plasma cells. The idiotypic structure of clonal immunoglobulin (Ig) expressed on the tumour B-cell surface can be regarded as a tumour-specific antigen and, as such, a potential target for anti-idiotypic T and B-cells in an immune regulation of the tumour-cell clone. Active(More)
Alemtuzumab (Campath-1H) is a humanized CD52 monoclonal antibody that targets normal as well as malignant B- and T-lymphocytes. Alemtuzumab has significant antitumor activity in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (B-CLL) but also induces immunosuppression. We describe a case of fatal adenovirus infection in a heavily pretreated patient with fludarabine-refractory(More)
BACKGROUND Secondary central nervous system (CNS) involvement by aggressive lymphoma is a well-known and dreadful clinical complication. The incidence and risk factors for CNS manifestation were studied in a large cohort of elderly (>60 years) patients with aggressive lymphoma. PATIENTS AND METHODS In all, 444 previously untreated patients were randomized(More)
Etoposide is bound to plasma albumin (94%). Previous studies have revealed altered protein binding of etoposide in cancer patients. This has clinical implications since only the free fraction is considered pharmacologically active. We have studied the etoposide protein binding in 11 children (eight acute lymphocytic leukemia, two malignant histiocytosis,(More)
The treatment of relapsing or refractory high-grade malignant non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) following CHOP chemotherapy remains a challenge for the clinician. In this study, 29 patients with relapsing or refractory high- or refractory low-grade malignant NHL received a combination of mitoxantrone 12 mg/m2 i.v. on days 1-2, cytarabine 100 mg/m2 i.v., b.d. d(More)
Peripheral neuropathy has been described in malignant plasma cell dyscrasias such as multiple myeloma and Waldenstöm's macroglobulinaemia. Since it is not known whether the neuropathy is related to the plasma cell disorder or is a paramalignant phenomenon, 21 consecutive out-patients with benign monoclonal gammopathy (BMG) were analysed for peripheral(More)