Three-dimensional volumetric assessment of response to treatment: stage I and II diffuse large cell lymphoma of the mediastinum.


Journal Article

From 1981 to 1986, 12 patients with Stage I and II diffuse large cell lymphoma of the mediastinum were treated with 4 or more cycles of multiagent chemotherapy and for nine patients this was followed by mediastinal irradiation. The response to treatment was assessed by three-dimensional volumetric analysis utilizing thoracic CT scans. The initial mean tumor volume of the five patients relapsing was 540 ml in contrast to an initial mean tumor volume of 360 ml for the seven patients remaining in remission. Of the eight patients in whom mediastinal lymphoma volumes could be assessed 1-2 months after chemotherapy prior to mediastinal irradiation, the three patients who have relapsed had volumes of 292, 92, and 50 ml (mean volume 145 ml) in contrast to five patients who have remained in remission with residual volume abnormalities of 4-87 ml (mean volume 32 ml). Four patients in prolonged remission with CT scans taken one year after treatment have been noted to have mediastinal tumor volumes of 0-28 ml with a mean value of 10 ml. This volumetric technique to assess the extent of mediastinal large cell lymphoma from thoracic CT scans appears to be a useful method to quantitate the amount of disease at presentation as well as objectively monitor response to treatment.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Willett, CG; Stracher, MA; Linggood, RM; Miketic, LM; Leong, JC; Skates, SJ; Kushner, DC; Jacobson, JO

Published Date

  • July 1988

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 12 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 193 - 198

PubMed ID

  • 3175046

Pubmed Central ID

  • 3175046

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0167-8140

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/0167-8140(88)90261-7


  • eng

Conference Location

  • Ireland