What is the role of the hyper-CVAD chemotherapy regimen in the treatment of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) involve?

Updated: Mar 15, 2019
  • Author: Muhammad Rashid Abbasi, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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Hyper-CVAD with or without rituximab is a first-line regimen. Single-institution data (ie, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center) using hyper-CVAD plus rituximab yielded encouraging results as front-line therapy, especially in patients younger than 65 years.

Frontline therapy with hyper-CVAD plus rituximab (R-hyper-CVAD) in patients with MCL shows a higher complete response rate and response duration than any other regimen (100% response rate with 89% complete response). [13] At 36 months, the failure-free survival rate was greater than 80% in patients younger than 65 years, versus less than 50% in patients older than 65 years. In addition to age (ie, >65 y), beta2-microglobulin was found to be a very strong prognostic factor, especially in patients older than 65 years. Although very encouraging, this regimen is intensive and relatively toxic; data must be confirmed in randomized trials.

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