Author(s): Cheung MC, Haynes AE, Meyer RM, Stevens A, Imrie KR Members of th,
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Abstract Rituximab is the first antibody-based therapy approved in cancer. The role of this treatment for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma has evolved significantly since its introduction. We aimed to systematically review the literature on rituximab in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and provide consensus guidelines as to the rational use of this agent. Validated methodology from the Cancer Care Ontario Program in Evidence-Based Care was applied. A comprehensive literature search was completed by reviewers from the Hematology Disease Site Group of Cancer Care Ontario. Data were abstracted from randomized controlled trials of rituximab-containing regimens for patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. Twenty-three randomized controlled trials (RCTs) of rituximab-based therapy were analyzed. Consistent and clinically important benefits in progression-free and overall survival and were seen in the following settings: (1) addition of rituximab to combination chemotherapy for initial treatment of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma and other aggressive B-cell lymphomas; (2) addition of rituximab to combination chemotherapy for initial and subsequent treatment of follicular lymphoma and other indolent B-cell lymphomas; and (3) use of rituximab alone as extended maintenance therapy in patients with indolent B-cell lymphomas who have responded to initial treatment. The consensus opinion of the Hematology Disease Site Group is that rituximab is recommended for these indications.
This article was published in Cancer Treat Rev
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