Prognostic factors in HIV-positive patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma: a Peruvian experience.

Cuellar LE, Anampa-Guzmán A, Holguín AM, Velarde J, Portillo-Alvarez D, Zuñiga-Ninaquispe MA, Luna-Reyes ER, Vásquez J, Jeter JM, Winkfield KM
Infect Agent Cancer 13 27 01/01/2018


Background: Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) is the most common cancer in people with HIV. Although 95% of HIV patients are in developing countries like Peru, the majority of these studies have been conducted in developed countries. In this study we aim to evaluate prognostic factors associated with outcomes in HIV positive patients undergoing systemic therapy for treatment of NHL.

Methods: This retrospective study includes patients with NHL seen in the Instituto Nacional de Enfermedades Neoplasicas (INEN) between 2004 to 2014. Patients were divided into two groups: antiretroviral therapy (ART) -naïve (

Results: All ART-exposed patients were from the capital city (

Conclusions: Advanced stage, low serum albumin and previous ART treatment were the primary prognostic factors associated with poorer outcomes in patients with NHL and HIV infection. In ART-naïve patients, age > 60 was associated with worse outcomes but in this cohort, older patients still had better overall outcomes than ART-exposed patients.

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