Effect of follicularity on autologous transplantation for large-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

Julie M. Vose, Philip J. Bierman, James C. Lynch, Dennis D. Weisenburger, Anne Kessinger, Wing C. Chan, Timothy C. Greiner, James O. Armitage

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Purpose: This study evaluated the outcomes of patients who received high-dose chemotherapy (HDC) and autologous hematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (ASCT) for large-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) and the effect of a follicular versus a diffuse histology. Patients and Methods: The prognostic factors in 289 patients who underwent HDC and ASCT for large-cell NHL between May 1983 and December 1996 were analyzed. Results: With a median follow-up duration of 24 months for surviving patients (range, 3 to 131 months), 112 of 289 (39%) were alive and 82 of 289 (28%) were failure-free. In a multivariate analysis, the factors associated with a poorer failure- free survival (FFS) included a lactic dehydrogenase (LDH) level greater than normal (P < .0001), three or more prior chemotherapy regimens received (P < .01), a mass ≤ 10 cm at transplant (P < .01), and diffuse histology at the time of transplant (P = .026). Patients who received HDC and ASCT for large- cell NHL in the good-prognosis category (normal LDH, < three prior chemotherapy regimens, no large mass, and not chemotherapy-resistant) had a 5-year survival rate of 45%. Within the good-prognosis group, patients with diffuse large-cell NHL had a 5-year survival rate of 42% compared with 58% for patients with follicular large-cell (FLC) lymphoma (P = .05). Conclusion: Good-prognosis patients with FLC histology who receive HDC and ASCT have an improved survival compared with good-prognosis patients with a diffuse large- cell histology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)844-849
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1998

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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