Seventeen patients with refractory or relapsed, intermediate or high grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) were treated with the combination of dexamethasone (40 mg/body x 3d, iv) (DeVIC) between January and December 1992. The treatments were repeated every three weeks for a minimum of two courses unless the patient had PD. G-CSF (2 micrograms/kg, sc) was given during leukopenia in most cases. Of 16 evaluable patients 6 (38%) achieved a complete remission (CR) and 4 showed a partial remission. With median follow up of 15 (7-26) months (mos.) all CR patients were alive in CR, except for 1 patient who died of secondary AML. The actuarial 50% survival duration after DeVIC was 15+ mos. One patient died of sepsis but myelosuppression was generally moderate and no other serious toxicity was observed. Although this is a preliminary study, DeVIC regimen seems to be an effective salvage therapy for patients with refractory or relapsed NHL with acceptable toxicity.
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||[Rinshō ketsueki] The Japanese journal of clinical hematology|
|Publication status||Published - 07-1994|
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