Sheffield Children's Hospital, Sheffield, United Kingdom;
Mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma (MLBL) represents only 2% of mature B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma (B-NHL) in patients ≤18 years of age. Gene expression profiling demonstrates that MLBL in adults more closely resembles classical Hodgkinlymphoma than it does diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). We analyzed data from childhood and adolescent patients with Stage III MLBL (N=42) and non MLBL DLBCL (N=69) treated with Group B therapy on the FAB/LMB 96 study. Demographics of MLBL patients: M/F: 26/16; median age 15.7 yrs (12.5-19.7); LDH <2 vs. ≥2 ULN: 23:19. Six MLBL patients (14%) had <20% response to initial COP-therapy. Central pathology classification revealed approximately 50% with classical features of primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma (PMBL). Five-year event-free survival (EFS) for Stage III MLBL and non-MLBL DLBCL groups were 66% (95% CI: 49-78%) and 85% (95% CI: 71-92%), respectively, p<0.001 (14%). The 5-year overall survival (OS) in the 42 MLBL patients was 73% (95% CI: 56-84%). MLBL in adolescent patients is associated with significantly inferior EFS compared with stage III non-MLBL DLBCL and can be of multiple histologies. Alternate treatment strategies should be investigated in the future taking into account both adult MLBL approaches and more recent biological findings in adult MLBL.
Am old enough to understand the difference between the Bay of Pigs - and roasting a pig at a epicurian feast. Been thru the hippy, yippie and yuppie years - always remaining who I am.
Very much believe in "Sing your own song - weave your own tapestry"
Am young enough to still know the thrill of new discoveries, the beauty of the evening, to celebrate the joy of another tommorow.
Survived these many decades with a severe medical problems. Sorting out the maze of now having two lymphomas and all their nasty little companions, but I continue.
Besides, being a simple iconoclastic eclectic, have been called many things. An incurable romanticist - with a strong touch of reality. Thinker, intellectual (God, how I hate that term) - been told I am a lion with the heart of the poet.
Know how to wage war and conquer my foes - but would rather be known as one who brings hope and life. To bring hope into anothers life is the ultimate of joys.
Life should be about bringing hope, peace, vision... a sense of purpose beyond yourself.