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Treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of Waldeyer's ring: radiotherapy versus chemotherapy versus combined therapy

, : Treatment of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma of Waldeyer's ring: radiotherapy versus chemotherapy versus combined therapy. European Journal of Cancer. Part B, Oral Oncology 32b(1): 19-23

Treatment of stage IA non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) of Waldeyer's ring remains controversial, probably because of the small number of patients and the scarcity of controlled studies. Between 1981 and 1991, 316 patients with stage I NHL of Waldeyer's ring were randomised for treatment with radiotherapy alone (extended fields), 101 patients; combined chemotherapy with a regimen of CHOP (cyclophosphamide, vincristine, doxorubicin, and prednisone) or CHOP-like (epirubicin instead of doxorubicin), 106 patients; and combined therapy (radiotherapy followed by the same combination chemotherapy), 109 patients. Median follow-up was 6.8 years. Complete response was achieved in 93, 87 and 97%, respectively. Relapses were least frequent in patients treated with combination therapy. The 5-year rate for failure-free survival was 48% for radiation therapy, 45% for the patients who were treated with chemotherapy, which was statistically significantly less than the 83% for patients treated with combined therapy (P < 0.001). Overall survival was also better in the combined therapy arm: 90%, statistically different to 58% for the patients treated with chemotherapy alone and 56% for patients treated with radiation therapy (P < 0.001). Toxicity was mild and late side-effects were not observed in any patients. From these results combined therapy should be considered as the best therapeutic approach in patients with localised NHL of Waldeyer's ring.


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