Volume 2, Issue 5, September 2014, Page: 93-97
Chemoimmunotherapy Resistant Follicular Lymphoma – A Single Institutional Study
Sampath Kumar-Kandala Jeevan, Department of Pathology, Nizam`s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, India
Roshni Paul-Tara, Department of Pathology, Nizam`s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, India
Shantiveer Uppin, Department of Pathology, Nizam`s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, India
Megha Uppin, Department of Pathology, Nizam`s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, India
Kavitha Bali, Department of Pathology, Osmania Medical College, Hyderabad, India
Sundaram- Challa, Department of Pathology, Nizam`s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, India
Raghunadha Rao, Department of Medical Oncology, Nizam`s Institute of Medical Sciences, Hyderabad, India
Received: Sep. 10, 2014;       Accepted: Sep. 17, 2014;       Published: Sep. 30, 2014
DOI: 10.11648/j.crj.20140205.13      View  3046      Downloads  153
Follicular lymphoma (FL) is the most common indolent form of non Hodgkin lymphoma and characterized by initial response to treatment with inevitable relapse. Rituximab, is an anti CD20 monoclonal antibody, plays an important role in combination chemoimmunotherapy in treatment of symptomatic follicular lymphoma. Though rituximab is helpful in reducing the tumor burden in patients of follicular lymphoma, a significant proportion of patients were found to have resistance to rituximab and eventually progressed to high grade lymphoma. In this study we evaluated chemoimmunotherapy (CIR) resistant patients to know the incidence, predictive factors associated with CIR resistance and prognosis. This is a retrospective study, included 49 patients of follicular lymphoma, of these 12 (24.5%) demonstrated CIR resistance. On univariate analysis, high LDH values, advanced stage and high FLIPI score may predict the resistance of CIR therapy in initial stage of therapy. Overall, 7 patients (58.3%) progressed to high grade lymphoma (biopsy proven) and 2 (16.6%) died of disease progression in CIR resistant patients. Progressive free survival significantly reduced in CIR resistant patients (26 months) than CIR responders.
Chemoimmunotherapy Resistance, Follicular Lymphoma, FLIPI Score, Lactate Dehydrogenase, Advance Stage, Progression
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Sampath Kumar-Kandala Jeevan, Roshni Paul-Tara, Shantiveer Uppin, Megha Uppin, Kavitha Bali, Sundaram- Challa, Raghunadha Rao, Chemoimmunotherapy Resistant Follicular Lymphoma – A Single Institutional Study, Cancer Research Journal. Vol. 2, No. 5, 2014, pp. 93-97. doi: 10.11648/j.crj.20140205.13
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