DONALD L. SWEET, M.D.; HARVEY M. GOLOMB, M.D.; JOHN E. ULTMANN, M.D.; J. BRUCE MILLER, M.D.; RICHARD S. STEIN, M.D.; ERIC P. LESTER, M.D.; URI MINTZ, M.D.; JACOB D. BITRAN, M.D.; ROLF A. STREULI, M.D.; KAREN DALY, R.N.; NINO O. ROTH, R.N.
A program of combination sequential chemotherapy using cyclophosphamide, vincristine, methotrexate with leucovorin rescue, and cytarabine (COMLA) was administered to 42 previously untreated patients with advanced diffuse histiocytic lymphoma. Twenty-three patients achieved a complete remission as determined by strict clinical restaging criteria. The observed median duration of survival for the complete responders is longer than 33 months. Eight patients achieved a partial response, with a median survival longer than 21 months. Eleven patients showed no response, with a median survival of 5 months. Toxicity was acceptable. None of the responders have shown central nervous system relapse. There was no difference in response rates between patients with stage III or IV lymphoma or between asymptomatic or symptomatic patients. The COMLA program produces a high rate of complete and durable remissions and should be considered as an initial form of management of patients with advanced diffuse histiocytic lymphoma.
SWEET DL, GOLOMB HM, ULTMANN JE, et al. Cyclophosphamide, Vincristine, Methotrexate with Leucovorin Rescue, and Cytarabine (COMLA) Combination Sequential Chemotherapy for Advanced Diffuse Histiocytic Lymphoma. Ann Intern Med. 1980;92:785–790. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-92-6-785
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