Outcome of CNS disease at diagnosis in disseminated small noncleaved-cell lymphoma and B-cell leukemia: a Children's Cancer Group study.


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To examine the impact of initial CNS involvement on outcome and patterns of failure in patients with disseminated small noncleaved-cell lymphoma and B-cell leukemia who were treated in four successive Children's Cancer Group trials.Of 462 patients with disseminated disease, 49 (10.6%) had CNS disease at diagnosis (CNS+). CNS disease included meningeal disease or CNS parenchymal masses with or without cranial neuropathies (CSF+/Mass; CNPs) in 36 patients and isolated CNPs in 13. Of the CNS+ patients, 28 had M2 (5% to 25% blasts) or M3 (> 25% blasts) bone marrow involvement. All patients received protocol-based systemic and intrathecal chemotherapy. Thirty-six patients also received CNS irradiation.Relapses occurred in 21 (43%) of 49 patients, predominantly in the CNS (71%) and bone marrow (52%). The 3-year event-free survival +/- SE for all patients with CNS+ disease was 45% +/- 7%. Patients with CSF+/Mass had a nominally higher treatment failure rate compared with patients with CNS- after adjusting for marrow status and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) diagnosis, with a relative failure rate (RFR) of 1.52 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.88 to 2.6; P =.15). In comparison, the RFRs for patients with M2 or M3 marrow and for those with LDH levels greater than 500 IU/L after adjusting for CNS disease were 1.4 (95% CI, 0.96 to 2.0; P =.029) and 2.2 (95% CI, 1.5 to 3.0; P <.001), respectively. The RFR for patients with isolated CNPs was 0.87 (95% CI, 0.36 to 2.1; P =.76).We conclude that, with the treatments used during the period covered by these studies, the presence of CSF+/Mass CNS disease at diagnosis was associated with a nominally worse outcome independent of initial bone marrow status and LDH level, but the effect was not statistically significant.

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Cited Authors

  • Gururangan, S; Sposto, R; Cairo, MS; Meadows, AT; Finlay, JL

Published Date

  • May 2000

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 10

Start / End Page

  • 2017 - 2025

PubMed ID

  • 10811665

Pubmed Central ID

  • 10811665

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1527-7755

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0732-183X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1200/jco.2000.18.10.2017


  • eng