Multicenter retrospective analysis of clinical characteristics, treatment patterns, and outcomes in very elderly patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma: The Korean cancer study group LY16-01

Jung Hye Choi, Tae Min Kim, Hyo Jung Kim, Sung Ae Koh, Yeung Chul Mun, Hye Jin Kang, Yun Hwa Jung, Hyeok Shim, So Young Chong, Der Sheng Sun, Soonil Lee, Byeong Bae Park, Jung Hye Kwon, Seung Hyun Nam, Jun Ho Yi, Young Jin Yuh, Jong Youl Jin, Jae Joon Han, Seok Hyun Kim

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Abstract

Purpose The treatment strategy for elderly patients older than 80 years with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) has not been established because of poor treatment tolerability and lack of data. Materials and Methods This multicenter retrospective study was conducted to investigate clinical characteristics, treatment patterns and outcomes of patients older than 80 years who were diagnosed with DLBCL at 19 institutions in Korea between 2005 and 2016. Results A total of 194 patients were identified (median age, 83.3 years). Of these, 114 patients had an age-adjusted International Prognostic Index (aaIPI) score of 2-3 and 48 had a Charlson index score of 4 or more. R-CHOP was given in 124 cases, R-CVP in 13 cases, other chemotherapy in 17 cases, radiation alone in nine cases, and surgery alone in two cases. Twenty-nine patients did not undergo any treatment. The median number of chemotherapy cycles was three. Only 37 patients completed the planned treatment cycles. The overall response rate from 105 evaluable patients was 90.5% (complete response, 41.9%). Twentynine patients died due to treatment-related toxicities (TRT). Thirteen patients died due to TRT after the first cycle. Median overall survival was 14.0 months. The main causes of death were disease progression (30.8%) and TRT (27.1%). In multivariate analysis, overall survival was affected by aaIPI, hypoalbuminemia, elevated creatinine, and treatment. Conclusion Age itself should not be a contraindication to treatment. However, since elderly patients show higher rates of TRT due to infection, careful monitoring and dose modification of chemotherapeutic agents is needed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)590-598
Number of pages9
JournalCancer Research and Treatment
Volume50
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Apr 2018

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Keywords

  • Aged
  • Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
  • Infection

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