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Am J Hematol. 1998 Dec;59(4):295-301.

Mantle cell lymphoma in the Chinese: clinicopathological features and treatment outcome.

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Department of Medicine, Queen Mary Hospital, Hong Kong.


We report the clinical, molecular, and immunohistological findings of 20 Chinese patients with mantle cell lymphoma diagnosed over a 10-year period. The disease affected mainly elderly patients (median age, 65.5 years) with a male predominance (M/F, 3/1). Eighty percent presented with advanced stage III/IV disease but only 25% had B symptoms. Eighty-five percent had extranodal disease at presentation. Complete remission (CR) and partial remission (PR) were achieved in 45% and 40% of the patients, respectively. There was no difference in the CR rate for patients treated with anthracycline-containing or nonanthracycline-containing regimens (43% and 50%, P = 0.67). Disease progression or relapse was observed after a median of 26 months in patients who initially responded to treatment. Extranodal relapse occurred in the central nervous system (n = 1), bone marrow (n = 1), pleura (n = 2), orbit (n = 2), and the gastrointestinal tract (n = 3). The median overall survival (OS) was 52 months but there were no long-term survivors. This was not different from the median OS of 53 months of patients with diffuse large cell (DLC) lymphoma treated in the same center over the same period (log rank, P = 0.76). Of the 12 patients who were tested for bcl-1 rearrangement by polymerase chain reaction (PCR), five (42%) were positive for rearrangement in the major translocation cluster (MTC) region. The median OS rates were 45 months and 63 months for PCR positive and negative patients, respectively (P = 0.97). In conclusion, MCL is a disease mainly of the elderly in the Chinese with a male predominance and most had advanced-stage disease and extranodal involvement at presentation. Clinicopathologic features and treatment outcome were similar to Caucasian patients, in that the disease combined the aggressive nature of DLC lymphoma and the incurability of low-grade lymphoma.

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