Journal of Clinical Oncology 17(10): 3117-3121, 1999. is available online.
Journal of Clinical Oncology 17(10): 3117-3121, 1999. may be available online for subscribers.
Kurzrock R, Pilat S, Duvic M
To determine the side effects of and response to pentostatin in patients with T-cell lymphomas with cutaneous manifestations.
Patients and Methods:
Pentostatin was administered to 28 patients who had relapsed cutaneous T-cell lymphoma or peripheral T-cell lymphoma with prominent cutaneous disease. The starting dose was between 3.75 to 5.0 mg/m(2)/d intravenous for 3 days every 3 weeks.
Of the 24 patients assessable for response, 17 (71%) achieved a partial remission (46%) or complete remission (25%). The patients had a median number of three (range, one to 12) prior therapies. Of the 86 courses of pentostatin given, 39 were administered at doses of 5.0 mg/m(2)/d and 30 at doses of 3. 75 mg/m(2)/d. Dose escalation to 6.25 mg/m(2)/d was possible in only five courses, and toxicity necessitated dose reduction to 2.8 mg/m(2)/d in 12 courses. The most common side effects were granulocytopenia, nausea, and nonneutropenic fever. Most patients developed significant lowering of CD4 counts. Herpes zoster was seen within 1 year after pentostatin in five patients (19%).
Pentostatin is an active agent in heavily pretreated T-cell lymphomas with cutaneous manifestations.
Rheinische Friedrich- Wilhelms- Universität Bonn