Outcomes of adults and children with primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma treated with dose-adjusted EPOCH-R.

Giulino-Roth L, O'Donohue T, Chen Z, Bartlett NL, LaCasce A, Martin-Doyle W, Barth MJ, Davies K, Blum KA, Christian B, Casulo C, Smith SM, Godfrey J, Termuhlen A, Oberley MJ, Alexander S, Weitzman S, Appel B, Mizukawa B, Svoboda J, Afify Z, Pauly M, Dave H, Gardner R, Stephens DM, Zeitler WA, Forlenza C, Levine J, Williams ME, Sima JL, Bollard CM, Leonard JP
Br J Haematol 179 739-747 01/01/2017


Treatment with dose-adjusted EPOCH (etoposide, doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, vincristine, prednisone) chemotherapy and rituximab (DA-EPOCH-R) has become the standard of care for primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma (PMBCL) at many institutions despite limited data in the multi-centre setting. We report a large, multi-centre retrospective analysis of children and adults with PMBCL treated with DA-EPOCH-R to characterize outcomes and evaluate prognostic factors. We assessed 156 patients with PMBCL treated with DA-EPOCH-R across 24 academic centres, including 38 children and 118 adults. All patients received at least one cycle of DA-EPOCH-R. Radiation therapy was administered in 14·9% of patients. With median follow-up of 22·6 months, the estimated 3-year event-free survival (EFS) was 85·9% [95% confidence interval (CI) 80·3-91·5] and overall survival was 95·4% (95% CI 91·8-99·0). Outcomes were not statistically different between paediatric and adult patients. Thrombotic complications were reported in 28·2% of patients and were more common in paediatric patients (45·9% vs. 22·9%, P = 0·011). Seventy-five per cent of patients had a negative fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography (FDG-PET) scan at the completion of DA-EPOCH-R, defined as Deauville score 1-3. Negative FDG-PET at end-of-therapy was associated with improved EFS (95·4% vs. 54·9%, P < 0·001). Our data support the use of DA-EPOCH-R for the treatment of PMBCL in children and adults. Patients with a positive end-of-therapy FDG-PET scan have an inferior outcome.

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