High-dose cytosine arabinoside, total body irradiation and marrow transplantation for advanced malignant lymphoma

Journal Article

Twenty-four patients with advanced malignant lymphoma including Hodgkin's disease (HD, n = 1), intermediate grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (IGL, n = 12) and high-grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (HGL, n = 11) were prepared for syngeneic (n = 2), allogeneic (n = 11) or autologous (n = 11) marrow transplantation with cytosine arabinoside, 3 g/m2 every 12 h for 12 doses (HDAC) and total body irradiation, 200 cGy daily for 6 days (TBI) to determine toxicity and efficacy. Eight patients (33%) died from early regimen related toxicity and all eight had a Karnofsky performance score ≤80 at the start of treatment. The actuarial probability of disease-free survival was 17% with a 65% probability of relapse at 4 years after transplantation. Four patients are surviving 2-4 years post-transplant, three transplanted for IGL and one for HD. None of the patients transplanted for HGL survived. The results of this phase II study suggests that HDAC followed by TBI and marrow infusion offers no apparent advantage over cyclophosphamide + TBI for patients with relapsed advanced malignant lymphoma. Earlier transplantation currently is the only demonstrated method of achieving better results.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Petersen, FB; Appelbaum, FR; Bigelow, CL; Buckner, CD; Clift, RA; Sanders, JE; Storb, R; Sullivan, KM; Weiden, PL; Fefer, A; Thomas, ED

Published Date

  • 1989

Published In

  • Bone Marrow Transplantation

Volume / Issue

  • 4 / 5

Start / End Page

  • 483 - 488

PubMed ID

  • 2676043