Cyclophosphamide, Adriamycin, vincristine, and dexamethasone in the treatment of bulky central nervous system lymphoma
Six patients with bulky central nervous system lymphomas (5 primary and 1 metastatic) were treated with a combination of cyclophosphamide, Adriamycin, vincristine, and dexamethasone IV prior to receiving cranial irradiation. There was one early death from massive hemorrhage from peptic ulcer disease. The other 5 patients all had rapid marked shrinkage of tumor, but 3 developed progression or appearance of meningeal disease. In light of these results and of the generally poor prognosis of brain lymphomas managed by radiotherapy alone, we plan further studies combining intensive systemic chemotherapy with intensive intrathecal chemotherapy and cranial irradiation.
KeywordsLymphoma Hydrocortisone Dexamethasone Doxorubicin Methotrexate
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