Treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma with high-dose therapy and hematopoietic stem cell support.
Standard therapies for advanced low-grade lymphomas are not likely to provide a cure, prompting the use of more aggressive approaches. Patients with low-grade lymphoma who receive high-dose therapy with stem cell support appear to have a prolonged disease-free survival, although the benefit to overall survival remains unproven. Patients with chemotherapy-sensitive intermediate- or high-grade relapsed disease have improved survival with high-dose therapy, and those with high-risk disease may benefit from early consolidation while in first remission. Significant questions remain in terms of the proper timing of high-dose therapy, appropriate stratification by risk factors, the value of purging, the role of radiotherapy after transplantation, and the most appropriate source of stem cells for transplantation.
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