Purpose: This study attempted to determine the efficacy of cyclophosphamide (C), doxorubicin (D), and etoposide (E) administered as a continuous intravenous (IV) infusion (infusional CDE) over 4 days in patients with relapsed or resistant non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (rNHL) and in patients with previously untreated (uNHL) who had poor prognostic features. Patients and Methods: Fifty-eight patients with rNHL and 10 patients with uNHL received infusional CDE every 28 or more days; all but one had intermediate- to high- grade histology. The cumulative doses of C, D, and E administered per treatment cycle were 750 mg/m2, 50 mg/m2, and 240 mg/m2, respectively. In the rNHL group, all patients had previously received C, most (81%) had received D, and a minority (16%) had received E. Results: Objective response occurred in 30 patients with rNHL (52%; 95% confidence interval, 39% to 65%); 10 patients had a complete response (CR) (17%; 95% confidence interval, 7% to 27%). Eleven patients (19%) remain progression-free (median follow-up, 22 months; range, 10+ to 38+), and six patients (10%) are disease-free (median follow-up, 25 months; range, 10+ to 38+). Among 10 patients with uNHL, eight (80%) had a CR, and none have relapsed (median follow-up, 11 months; range, 9+ to 24+). Toxicity was primarily hematologic. Two treatment-related deaths (3%) occurred, both attributable to infection in the relapsed or resistant group. Conclusion: Infusional CDE produced a CR in substantial proportion of patients who had previously been exposed to at least two of the agents administered as an IV bolus, suggesting a schedule-dependent effect in favor of the infusional administration of certain cytotoxic agents in patients with lymphoid neoplasms. In addition, infusional CDE was effective and tolerable in patients with poor-prognosis NHL when used as initial therapy, and merits further study in that setting.
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- Cancer Research