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Blood. 2000 Nov 1;96(9):2934-42.

A phase I/II trial of iodine-131-tositumomab (anti-CD20), etoposide, cyclophosphamide, and autologous stem cell transplantation for relapsed B-cell lymphomas.

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  • 1Departments of Medicine, Pathology, Pediatrics, Radiology, Biological Structure, and Biostatistics, the University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98195, USA.


Relapsed B-cell lymphomas are incurable with conventional chemotherapy and radiation therapy, although a fraction of patients can be cured with high-dose chemoradiotherapy and autologous stem-cell transplantation (ASCT). We conducted a phase I/II trial to estimate the maximum tolerated dose (MTD) of iodine 131 ((131)I)-tositumomab (anti-CD20 antibody) that could be combined with etoposide and cyclophosphamide followed by ASCT in patients with relapsed B-cell lymphomas. Fifty-two patients received a trace-labeled infusion of 1.7 mg/kg (131)I-tositumomab (185-370 MBq) followed by serial quantitative gamma-camera imaging and estimation of absorbed doses of radiation to tumor sites and normal organs. Ten days later, patients received a therapeutic infusion of 1.7 mg/kg tositumomab labeled with an amount of (131)I calculated to deliver the target dose of radiation (20-27 Gy) to critical normal organs (liver, kidneys, and lungs). Patients were maintained in radiation isolation until their total-body radioactivity was less than 0.07 mSv/h at 1 m. They were then given etoposide and cyclophosphamide followed by ASCT. The MTD of (131)I-tositumomab that could be safely combined with 60 mg/kg etoposide and 100 mg/kg cyclophosphamide delivered 25 Gy to critical normal organs. The estimated overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) of all treated patients at 2 years was 83% and 68%, respectively. These findings compare favorably with those in a nonrandomized control group of patients who underwent transplantation, external-beam total-body irradiation, and etoposide and cyclophosphamide therapy during the same period (OS of 53% and PFS of 36% at 2 years), even after adjustment for confounding variables in a multivariable analysis.

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