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J Clin Oncol. 1995 Jul;13(7):1734-41.

Results of a salvage treatment program for relapsing lymphoma: MINE consolidated with ESHAP.

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Department of Hematology, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX 77030, USA.



We report the results of a prospective trial in which patients with relapsing non-Hodgkin's lymphomas were sequentially treated with two regimens (mesna, ifosfamide, mitoxantrone, and etoposide [MINE], and etoposide, methylprednisolone, cytarabine, and cisplatin [ESHAP]) if they had no history of disease resistance to these drugs.


Ninety-two patients received MINE (mesna 4 g/m2, ifosfamide 4 g/m2, mitoxantrone 8 mg/m2, and etoposide 195 mg/m2) for a maximum of six courses followed by ESHAP (etoposide 240 mg/m2, methylprednisone 500 mg/d, high-dose cytarabine 2 g/m2, and cisplatin 100 mg/m2) for three courses to consolidate complete response (CR) or for a maximum of six cycles after a partial response (PR) or no response to MINE. Pretreatment serum levels of lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) and beta 2-microglobulin (beta 2M) were documented in 80 of 92 patients.


The response rate to MINE-ESHAP was 69% (48% CRs and 21% PRs), with a median survival time of 24 months and median time to treatment failure of 12 months. The median time to treatment failure according to histology was as follows: low-grade histologies, 16 months; low-grade transformed to intermediate-grade, 8 months; and intermediate-grade, 5 months. The most serious complication was myelosuppression, which resulted in two deaths due to neutropenic sepsis. A risk factor model based on beta 2M and LDH levels before salvage treatment showed three categories of risk, with 36-month survival rates as follows: low (beta 2M < 3 mg/dL and LDH normal), 61%; intermediate (beta 2M > or = 3 mg/dL or LDH above normal), 23%; and high (beta 2M > or = 3 mg/dL and LDH above normal), 0%.


MINE-ESHAP is an effective salvage strategy for patients with recurrent lymphoma. Toxicity was acceptable. Factors that determine prognostic categories at relapse merit further study.

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