High-dose carmustine, etoposide, and cisplatin and autologous bone marrow transplantation for relapsed and refractory lymphoma

H. M. Lazarus, P. Crilley, N. Ciobanu, R. J. Creger, R. M. Fox, D. C. Shina, S. I. Bulova, R. Gucalp, B. W. Cooper, D. Topolsky, W. Soegiarso, I. Brodsky

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Purpose: We determined the toxicity and efficacy of a new preparative autologous bone marrow transplantation (ABMT) regimen in patients with relapsed or refractory non-Hodgkin's lymphoma or Hodgkin's disease. Patients and Methods: Forty-four non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and 35 Hodgkin's disease patients 16 to 63 years of age were given intravenous carmustine (BCNU) 600 to 1,050 mg/m2, etoposide 2,400 to 3,000 mg/m2, and cisplatin 200 mg/m2 (BEP) and ABMT. Fifty-nine patients also received 15 to 20 Gy local radiation (involved-field radiotherapy [RI]) to active or previously bulky (> 5 cm) disease sites. Results: Nonhematologic toxicities included nausea, vomiting, high-tone hearing loss, stomatitis, esophagitis, diarrhea, and hepatic and pulmonary toxicity. Two patients died within 40 days of marrow infusion as a result of sepsis and one patient died 7 months after transplant as a result of pulmonary fibrosis. Complete remissions (CRs) were noted in 72% (n = 57) of patients (n = 33 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma; n = 24 Hodgkin's disease). Forty patients (51%) remained alive and disease-free (n = 24 non-Hodgkin's lymphoma; n = 16 Hodgkin's disease) at a median of 17 (range, 8 to 57) months after marrow reinfusion. Conclusions: This regimen seems to be effective for relapsed lymphoma patients whose disease continues to exhibit chemotherapy sensitivity (16 of 24 [67%] disease-free). Furthermore, this regimen seems to be effective in patients who have never attained a CR (seven of 19 [37%] disease-free).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1682-1689
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1992
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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