Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is associated with high relapse rates and poor survival when treated with conventional chemotherapy, with or without rituximab. We report the long-term follow-up of a phase II clinical trial using a new intensive multiagent chemotherapeutic regimen [cyclophosphamide, teniposide, doxorubicin and prednisone (CTAP) alternating with vincristine and high-dose methotrexate and cytarabine (VMAC)] in newly diagnosed MCL. Following 4-6 cycles of CTAP/VMAC induction, patients aged ≤65 years proceeded to consolidative autologous haematopoietic stem cell transplantation (auto-HSCT), while patients ≤55 years who had a HLA-identical sibling received allogeneic-HSCT (busulfan/cyclophosphamide conditioning for both). Twenty-five untreated MCL patients enrolled on the protocol between 1997 and 2002. Among evaluable patients, overall response rate (ORR) was 74% following induction chemotherapy. Seventeen patients received HSCT (autologous-13/allogeneic-4). On intent-to-treat analysis, ORR for patients who received consolidative HSCT was 100% (complete remission 76%). Therapy was well-tolerated with 4% treatment-related mortality (including HSCT). The 5-year event-free-survival (EFS) and overall survival (OS) for all patients was 35% and 50% respectively. Furthermore, at 66-months median follow-up, the 5-year EFS and OS for patients who received consolidative auto-HSCT was 54% and 75% respectively. Patients who received auto-HSCT had improved outcomes compared to no auto-HSCT (EFS P = 0.001; OS P = 0.0002). CTAP/VMAC induction followed by consolidative auto-HSCT for newly diagnosed MCL is associated with high ORR and durable survival.
- Mantle cell lymphoma
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