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Maintenance therapy with rituximab leads to a significant prolongation of response duration after salvage therapy with a combination of rituximab, fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and mitoxantrone (R-FCM) in patients with recurring and refractory follicular and mantle cell lymphomas: Results of a prospective randomized study of the German Low Grade Lymphoma Study Group (GLSG).

Author(s): Forstpointner R, Unterhalt M, Dreyling M, Bock HP, Repp R, Wandt H, Pott C, Seymour JF, Metzner B, Hanel A, Lehmann T, Hartmann F, Einsele H, Hiddemann W, German Low Grade Lymphoma Study Group (GLSG)

Affiliation(s): Department of Internal Medicine III, University of Munich, Grosshadern Marchioninistr. 15, 81377 Munchen, Germany.

Publication date & source: 2006-12-15, Blood., 108(13):4003-8. Epub 2006 Aug 31.

Publication type: Clinical Trial, Phase II; Comparative Study; Multicenter Study; Randomized Controlled Trial; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

In follicular lymphoma (FL) and mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) the monoclonal antibody rituximab (R) improves the prognosis when combined with chemotherapy. The present study investigated R-maintenance after R-chemotherapy. Patients with recurring or refractory FL and MCL were randomized to 4 courses of fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and mitoxantrone (FCM) alone or combined with R (R-FCM). Responding patients underwent a second randomization for R-maintenance comprising 2 further courses of 4-times-weekly doses of R after 3 and 9 months. The first randomization was stopped after 147 patients, when R-FCM revealed a significantly better outcome. All subsequent patients received R-FCM. Of the 176 patients who are currently evaluable (as of October 2005), 138 received R-FCM for remission induction. Response duration was significantly prolonged by R-maintenance after R-FCM, with the median not being reached in this evaluation versus an estimated median of 16 months (P = .001). This beneficial effect was also observed when analyzing FL (P = .035) and MCL (P = .049) separately. Hence, R-maintenance is effective after salvage with R-chemotherapy and significantly prolongs response duration in patients with recurring or refractory FL or MCL.

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