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Eur J Haematol Suppl. 2001 Jul;64:28-32.

High-dose ifosfamide in combination with etoposide and epirubicin (IVE) in the treatment of relapsed/refractory Hodgkin's disease and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma: a report on toxicity and efficacy.

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  • 1Nottingham University Hospital, UK.


One hundred and seven patients (61 with diffuse large B-cell non-Hodgkin's lymphomas and 46 with Hodgkin's disease) in relapse or following of primary therapy received ifosfamide 3 g/m2 i.v. daily for 3 days in combination with epirubicin 50 mg/m2 i.v. day 1 and etoposide 200 mg/m2 i.v. days 1-3. Of the 46 patients with Hodgkin's disease (28 male, 18 female, and a median age of 28 years) 85% of patients had a response to treatment, with 17 achieving complete remission and 11 good partial remission. Twenty-eight proceeded to autologous bone marrow or peripheral blood stem cell transplantation. Twenty-three patients remain alive in continuous remission with a follow-up of 12-61 months. The median overall survival time for all patients in this group is 36 months. Haematological toxicity, particularly WHO Grade IV neutropenia, occurred in all patients but improved over the three courses of treatment. There was no major non-haematological toxicity. Further trials of this regimen in this clinical situation are indicated. The patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphomas in this study had diffuse large B-cell lymphomas and had only received first-line treatment. Twenty had primarily refractory disease, 15 had only achieved partial remissions (PR), and 26 had developed relapse following primary treatment. The overall response rate was 43%; it was 60% for those who had achieved initial PR, 58% for those in relapse after an initial CR or very good PR following initial therapy, but only 10% for those with primarily refractory disease. Tolerance to the regimen was similar to that observed in treatment of the patients with Hodgkin's disease and many were able to undergo stem cell collection, following mobilization with this regimen. The 2-year overall survival result was 22% for patients with some response to first-line treatment but 0% for primary refractory patients.

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