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Australas Radiol. 2006 Jun;50(3):222-7.

Value of low-dose 2 x 2 Gy palliative radiotherapy in advanced low-grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

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  • 1Department of Radiation Oncology, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.


Low-dose radiotherapy over the last decade has been reported to provide effective palliation for patients with low-grade non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. In this retrospective case series of 10 patients, we report our early experience using low-dose radiotherapy (usually 2 x 2 Gy) for patients with advanced-stage follicular, mucosal associated lymphoid tissue, mantle cell and small lymphocytic lymphomas. Median follow up was 27 weeks. Response rates were high (complete response, 70%; partial response, 20%), the response durable and the toxicity was minimal (no toxicity greater than grade 1). Low-dose irradiation is an effective treatment option for patients with low-grade lymphomas with local symptoms.

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