Journal article

Cure of a patient with profoundly chemotherapy-refractory primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma: Role of rituximab, high-dose therapy, and allogeneic stem cell transplantation

SV Nath, JF Seymour

LEUKEMIA & LYMPHOMA | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2005

Abstract

Patients with primary large B-cell lymphomas of the mediastinum (PMBL) who suffer early relapse have a low likelihood of achieving a prolonged second remission with conventional salvage therapy. Here we describe the case of a 33-year-old woman with PMBL refractory to 6 lines of therapy before undergoing salvage therapy with rituximab, ifosfamide and etoposide followed by high-dose therapy, autologous transplantation, and sequential non-myeloablative allogeneic transplantation, who remains in ongoing complete remission for more than 39 months and is apparently cured. The specific roles of the components of the successful salvage therapy are discussed.