Combo treatment may improve quality of life in CTCL



One of the patients with tumor flare, who had MF, didn’t require treatment for 6 months after going off study. The other patient, who had SS, cleared the clone from his blood but developed DRESS syndrome.

In all, three patients achieved a response to treatment. The ALCL patient had a complete response, and two MF patients achieved a partial response.

Two MF patients and one SS patient had stable disease. The remaining four patients — two with MF, one with SS, and one with lymphoproliferative disorder — progressed.


The investigators used the Skindex-16 to assess the effect of treatment on QOL.

Five of six evaluable patients with CTCL had a 50% or greater reduction in their Skindex-16 scores after two cycles of treatment. In fact, most patients had relief from pruritus after one cycle, Dr. William said.

“Patients with cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, their biggest problem is with the symptom burden, with pruritus,” he said. “They’re really miserable from all the itching they have. They cannot sleep at night. So we’re fairly excited that most of the patients we’ve treated so far had relief from pruritus just after one cycle.”

Dr. William said he and his colleagues are excited about the overall results they have observed with BV-len, although it’s “still pretty early” in the trial. The investigators are planning to enroll a total of 42 patients and may open the trial at a second center.

The study is sponsored by Ohio State University and the lenalidomide is provided by Celgene. Dr. William reported relationships with miRagen Therapeutics, GuidePoint, Kyowa Kirin, and Celgene.

The T-cell Lymphoma Forum is organized by Jonathan Wood & Associates, which is owned by the same company as this news organization.


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