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Best options for treating relapsed/refractory PTCL



– When patients with peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL) experience relapse, consider an allogeneic stem cell transplant or clinical trial, investigators advised.

Patients with relapsed PTCL have generally dismal outcomes, with a median progression-free survival (PFS) of 3.7 months and a median overall survival (OS) of just 6.5 months, according to one study (J Clin Oncol. 2013 Jun 1;31[16]:1970-6).

Dr. Claire Dearden of Royal Marsden Hospital in London Courtesy Larry Young

Dr. Claire Dearden

But for those patients who had a complete remission (CR) after salvage therapy, median PFS was 12.2 months, and median OS was 18 months, said Claire Dearden, MD, from the Royal Marsden Hospital in London.

“Clearly the problem with most of the relapsed PTCL [cases] is that they don’t achieve a good response to salvage therapy. If they do, then they have much better chance of doing well,” she said at the annual T-cell Lymphoma Forum.


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