Ho, A. D. and Del Valle, F. and Haas, R. and Engelhard, M. and Hiddemann, W. and Rückle, H. and Schlimok, G. and Thiel, E. and Andreesen, Reinhard and Fiedler, W. (1990) Sequential studies on the role of mitoxantrone, high-dose cytarabine, and recombinant human granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor in the treatment of refractory non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Seminars in oncology 17 (6 Suppl 10), 14-8; discussion 18.
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Mitoxantrone (Novantrone, American Cyanamid Company; NO) and high-dose cytarabine (Ara-C; AC) have each been shown to be active in non-Hodgkin's lymphomas (NHL) in various studies. The studies reported here are sequential. The first study (NOAC I) combined high-dose cytarabine (3 g/m2/12 h as a 3 h infusion on day 1) with mitoxantrone (10 mg/m2/d on days 2 and 3). Of 31 patients with relapsed and refractory NHL, 7 achieved complete remission (CR) and 7, partial remission (PR). Myelosuppression was the major toxicity of this regimen. In the second study (NOAC II), the dosage of cytarabine was escalated to 3 g/m2/12 h on days 1 and 2 (4 doses) while mitoxantrone remained 10 mg/m2/d on days 2 and 3. The effects of recombinant human (rh) granulocyte-macrophage colony-stimulating factor (GM-CSF) were simultaneously studied. Twenty-three patients from five centers were treated with NOAC plus rhGM-CSF while 14 patients from four centers received NOAC II alone. A CR was achieved in 9 of 23 patients who received the additional rhGM-CSF and in 2 of 14 patients treated with NOAC alone. With rhGM-CSF, the median duration of severe neutropenia (less than 0.5/nL) after chemotherapy was 8 days versus a median of 13 days without rhGM-CSF, while the duration of severe thrombocytopenia (less than 20/nL) was not significantly different. The rates of infection and mucositis were 25% and 17%, respectively, with rhGM-CSF compared to 53% and 60% without rhGM-CSF. Thus, this last nonrandomized pilot study indicates that administration of rhGM-CSF reduces the duration of chemotherapy-induced cytopenia and the rate of mucositis. This growth factor does not appear to result in stimulation of lymphoma cells. At present, a controlled randomized trial is being conducted using NOAC II with rhGM-CSF or placebo to establish the definitive role of this growth factor in the treatment of NHL.
|Institutions:||Medicine > Abteilung für Hämatologie und Internistische Onkologie|
|Subjects:||600 Technology > 610 Medical sciences Medicine|
|Refereed:||Yes, this version has been refereed|
|Created at the University of Regensburg:||Yes|
|Deposited On:||14 Apr 2010 07:30|
|Last Modified:||14 Apr 2010 07:30|
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