FLYER: R-CHOP 4 safer, as effective for low-risk DLBCL patients under 60



SAN DIEGO – Patients aged younger than 60 years with favorable-prognosis diffuse large B-cell lymphoma who were randomly assigned to therapy with four cycles of R-CHOP (rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone) had progression-free, event-free, and overall survival rates comparable with those of patients assigned to six cycles, investigators in the FLYER trial reported.

The four-cycle regimen was associated with a marked reduction in adverse events, with an overall drop in nonhematologic malignancies of approximately one-third compared with the six-cycle regimen.

For younger patients with favorable-prognosis DLBCL – defined as an age-adjusted International Prognostic Index score of 0 and low tumor burden (less than 7.5 cm) – four cycles of R-CHOP can be a new standard of care.

In this video interview at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology, Viola Poeschel, MD, of Saarland University in Homburg, Germany, describes the patient population who may benefit from shorter duration therapy.

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