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BACKGROUND A systemic and intraventricular polychemotherapy regimen (the Bonn protocol) without radiotherapy resulted in durable responses in 75% of patients <60 years with primary CNS lymphoma (PCNSL), but was complicated by a high rate of Ommaya reservoir infections. Here, the efficacy and toxicity of this regimen without intraventricular treatment was(More)
Hereditary motor and sensory neuropathy type 1 (HMSN-1) is an autosomal dominant disorder, which is usually not associated with neoplastic diseases. The disease predisposes to severe vincristine neurotoxicity. We report a 31-year-old women with recurrent Hodgkin's lymphoma and unrecognized HMSN-1 who developed severe motor neuropathy 3 weeks after the first(More)
Sequential analysis of chimerism after allogeneic blood stem cell transplantation (BSCT) has been shown to be predictive for graft failure and relapse. We have explored the impact of a novel approach for the quantitative determination of chimerism using a commercial PCR assay with multiplex amplification of nine STR-loci and fluorescence detection. The(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate response rate, response duration, overall survival (OS), and toxicity in primary CNS lymphoma (PCNSL) after systemic and intraventricular chemotherapy with deferred radiotherapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS From September 1995 to July 2001, 65 consecutive patients with PCNSL (median age, 62 years) were enrolled onto a pilot and phase II study(More)
Between February 1998 and October 1999, 24 patients with advanced leukemia, lymphoma or solid tumors received G-CSF mobilized peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC) from HLA-matched sibling donors after dose-reduced conditioning therapy. Only patients with reduced performance status or major infectious complications, not eligible for standard transplant(More)
OBJECTIVE To assess the outcome of intensive care unit (ICU) treatment in patients with hematological malignancies. DESIGN AND SETTING Retrospective cohort study in the medical ICU of a university hospital. PATIENTS 104 critically ill patients after receiving conventional chemotherapy or autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. (More)
OBJECTIVE To evaluate long-term progression-free survival and overall survival, quality of life, and cognitive function in primary central nervous system lymphoma after systemic and intraventricular chemotherapy without radiotherapy. METHODS A long-term follow-up was conducted on surviving primary central nervous system lymphoma patients having been(More)
This study was undertaken to evaluate the toxicity and pharmacokinetics of a dimethyl sulphoxide (DMSO)-based intravenous formulation of busulphan in the conditioning of 45 patients undergoing allogeneic or autologous stem cell transplantation (SCT). Busulphan was given as a single daily dose. In 15 patients a single dose of intravenous busulphan, given(More)
BACKGROUND Infections remain a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients undergoing autologous or allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT). About 80% of patients experience fever during aplasia and early engraftment despite oral antibacterial chemoprophylaxis. METHODS In a pilot study, 50 patients undergoing autologous or(More)