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Tardy M.P.,Antoine Lacassagne Center | Gastaud L.,Antoine Lacassagne Center | Ojeda-Uribe M.,Mulhouse Hospital | Boscagli A.,Antoine Lacassagne Center | And 5 more authors.
Experimental Hematology and Oncology | Year: 2015

Background: Refractory or relapsed large B-cells lymphoma are usually treated with a high dose chemotherapy regimen followed by an autolougous stem cells transplantation. BEAM (carmustine, etoposide, cytarabine, melphalan) or more recently Z-BEAM (ibritumomab tiuxetan and BEAM) are commonly used regimens, but recently carmustine availability became difficult. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the feasibility and the safety of replacing carmustine by bendamustine in a new Z-BeEAM regimen (ibritumomab tiuxetan, bendamustine, etoposide, cytarabine, melphalan) prior to autologous stem cell transplantation. Findings: This study was a retrospective analyze of six patients, with a median age of 60, treated by Z-BeEAM before autologous stem cell transplantation. We did not put in evidence any additional toxicities compared to conventional induction chemotherapy. The main toxicities were mucositis (3 grade III among 6 patients), gastrointestinal (2 grade III vomiting and 2 grade III diarrhea) and neutropenia (6 grade IV). Engraftment was successfully achieved for all patients. At the time of analysis of this study all patients were alive and in complete response based on the PET-CT evaluation. Conclusions: BeEAM plus ibritumomab tiuxetan combined regimen before autologous stem cell transplantation is feasible and safe in aggressive relapsing large B-cell lymphoma. © 2015 Tardy et al.

Martin N.,Antoine Lacassagne Center | Borchiellini D.,Antoine Lacassagne Center | Coso D.,Paoli Calmettes Institute | Gastaud L.,Antoine Lacassagne Center | And 10 more authors.
Leukemia and Lymphoma | Year: 2015

Autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) after high-dose chemotherapy (HDT) increases overall survival when used in relapsed non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) in patients under 65 years old. Limited experience is available for older patients. We present a retrospective analysis of 73 consecutive patients aged over 65 years treated for aggressive or relapsed lymphoma by HDT with carmustine, etoposide, cytarabine and melphalan (BEAM) at full dosage followed by ASCT. Patient data were obtained from medical charts from two institutions. Median age was 67 years (65-74). Significant comorbidities were present in 24.7% of patients. The median number of days for grade 4 neutropenia was 9 (5-18). The early treatment-related mortality rate (< 100 days) was 2.7%. The estimated 2-year progression-free survival and overall survival rates were 67.2% and 78.5%, respectively. In conclusion, the full-dose HDT-ASCT regimen is feasible, safe and efficient in selected patients over 65 years old. © 2015 © 2015 Informa UK, Ltd.

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