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Santa Maria della Versa, Italy

Zinzani P.L.,S. Orsola Malpighi University Hospital | Viviani S.,Medical Oncology Unit 2 | Anastasia A.,Humanitas Cancer Center | Vitolo U.,Azienda Ospedaliera Citta Della Salute E Della Science Di Turin | And 11 more authors.
Haematologica | Year: 2013

Clinical trial results indicate that brentuximab vedotin brings considerable promise for the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory Hodgkin's lymphoma. A retrospective multicenter study was conducted on 65 heavily pretreated patients who underwent therapy through a Named Patient Program in Italy (non trial-setting). The primary study endpoint was the objective response rate; secondary endpoints were safety, overall survival and progression- free survival. The best overall response rate (70.7%), including 21.5% complete responses, was observed at the first restaging after the third cycle of treatment. After a median follow up of 13.2 months, the overall survival rate at 20 months was 73.8% while the progression-free survival rate at 20 months was 24.2%. Globally nine patients are in continuous complete response with a median follow up of 14 months (range, 10-19 months). Four patients proceeded to autotransplantation and nine to allotransplantation. The most frequent extra-hematologic toxicity was peripheral neuropathy, observed in 21.5% of cases (9 patients with grade 1/2 and 5 patients with grade 3/4); neurological toxicity led to discontinuation of treatment in three patients and to dose reduction in four. In general the treatment was well tolerated and toxicities, both hematologic and extra-hematologic, were manageable. This report indicates and confirms that brentuximab vedotin as a single agent is effective and safe also when used in standard, everyday clinical practice outside a clinical trial. Best overall responses were recorded after three or four cycles and showed that brentuximab vedotin provides an effective bridge to further therapeutic interventions. © 2013 Ferrata Storti Foundation.

Cortelezzi A.,University of Milan | Sciume M.,University of Milan | Liberati A.M.,University of Perugia | Vincenti D.,University of Milan | And 22 more authors.
Leukemia | Year: 2014

We conducted a phase II, noncomparative, open-label, multicenter GIMEMA (Gruppo Italiano Malattie EMatologiche dell'Adulto) study (CLL0809) to assess the efficacy and safety of bendamustine in combination with ofatumumab (BendOfa) in relapsed/refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Forty-seven patients from 14 centers were evaluated. Therapy consisted of bendamustine (70 mg/m 2) for 2 consecutive days every 28 days, and ofatumumab 300 mg on day 1 and 1000 mg on day 8 during the first cycle, and 1000 mg on day 1 subsequently. Treatment was administered up to six cycles. The overall response rate (ORR), as per intention-to-treat analysis, was 72.3% (95% confidence of interval (CI), 57-84%), with 17% complete responses. After a median follow-up of 24.2 months, the overall survival was 83.6% (95% CI, 73.0-95.7%) and the progression-free survival (PFS) was 49.6% (95% CI, 35.9-68.6%). The median PFS was 23.6 months. Univariate and multivariate analyses were used to identify clinical and biological characteristics associated with ORR and PFS. Myelosuppression was the most common toxicity; grade ≥3 neutropenia was observed in 61.7% of patients; however, grade ≥3 infections occurred in 6% of patients. BendOfa is feasible and effective in relapsed/refractory CLL patients, including patients with high-risk clinical and biological features. © 2014 Macmillan Publishers Limited.

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