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Leuk Lymphoma. 2015 Jul;56(7):2039-46. doi: 10.3109/10428194.2014.982645. Epub 2015 Jan 21.

Cell of origin predicts outcome to treatment with etoposide-containing chemotherapy in young patients with high-risk diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

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Department of Hematology.


Addition of etoposide to the R-CHOP chemotherapy regimen with cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, prednisone and rituximab (R-CHOEP) has resulted in improved survival in young patients with high-risk diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). It is not known whether biological factors can predict this effect. In this study, 245 patients representing all young patients with high-risk DLBCL treated with R-CHOP or R-CHOEP in 2004-2012 in Denmark were extracted from the Danish lymphoma database. Patients were stratified according to cell of origin (COO) into germinal-center B-cell-like (GCB) or non-GCB by Hans' algorithm. Only in patients with the GCB phenotype was treatment with R-CHOEP associated with improved progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) compared with R-CHOP. Patients with GCB phenotype treated with R-CHOEP also had superior OS compared with patients with non-GCB phenotype treated with R-CHOEP. This was not seen in R-CHOP treated patients. This could suggest that R-CHOEP should be restricted to patients with GCB phenotype.


Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma; R-CHOEP; cell of origin; etoposide; predictive marker

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