The aim of this study was to evaluate the prognostic importance of rituximab and radiotherapy in patients with primary mediastinal large B-cell lymphoma (PMBCL) receiving doxorubicin-containing chemotherapy. Seventy-nine patients with PMBCL received CHOP chemotherapy with (n = 39) or without rituximab (n = 40), and 60 patients received additional radiotherapy. Patients treated with R-CHOP had significantly superior survival rates. The 5-year overall survival (OS) and progression-free (PFS) rates were 83.7% and 76.7% for R-CHOP, compared with 48.3% (P=0.011) and 44.2% (P=0.012) for CHOP, respectively. Similarly, the 5-year OS and PFS rates for early stage patients were 93.8% and 84.6% with R-CHOP, and 52.0% (P=0.002) and 46.6% (P=0.003) with CHOP, respectively. Patients treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy had better survival and local control (LC) rates compared with chemotherapy alone. The 5-year OS, PFS and LC rates for early stage patients were 73.6%, 69.9% and 92.6% for chemotherapy and radiotherapy, and 50.8% (P = 0.076), 36.9% (P = 0.008) and 56.4% (P<0.001) for chemotherapy alone, respectively. Early stage patients treated with R-CHOP and radiotherapy had 5-year OS, PFS and LC rates of 96.4%, 85.9% and 93.1%. R-CHOP plus consolidation radiotherapy was associated with excellent survival and LC rates.
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.