Baseline and interim functional imaging with PET effectively risk stratifies patients with peripheral T-cell lymphoma

Neha Mehta-Shah, Kimiteru Ito, Kurt Bantilan, Alison J. Moskowitz, Craig Sauter, Steven M. Horwitz, Heiko Schöder

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The prognosis of peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL) is heterogenous. Baseline or interim imaging characteristics may inform risk-adapted treatment paradigms. We identified 112 patients with PTCL who were consecutively treated with cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, prednisone (CHOP)/CHOP-like regimens with the intent to consolidate with an autologous transplant. Baseline (n 5 93) and interim (after 4 cycles, n 5 99) positron emission tomography (PET) images were reevaluated, and we calculated baseline total metabolic tumor volume (TMTV). Interim PET (iPET) responses were graded visually by 5-point score (i5PS) and by percentage change of standardized uptake value. By univariate analysis, predictors of event-free survival (EFS) included Prognostic Index for Peripheral TCL (PIT) higher than 1 (hazard ratio [HR], 1.83; P 5 .021), International Prognostic Index (IPI) higher than 3 (HR, 2.01; P 5 .021), high TMTV (.125 cm3; HR, 3.92; P 5 .003), and positive iPET (HR, 3.57; P, .001). By multivariate analysis, high baseline TMTV predicted worse overall survival (OS; HR, 6.025; P 5 .022) and EFS (HR, 3.861; P 5 .005). Patients with i5PS of 1 to 3 had a longer median OS and EFS (104 months, 64 months) than those with i5PS of 4 to 5 (19 months, 11 months; P, .001). Four-year OS and EFS for patients with i5PS of 1 to 3 and PIT of 1 or less were 85% and 62%, respectively. However, 4-year OS and EFS for those with i5PS of 4 to 5 and PIT higher than 1 were both 0% (P, .001). In multivariate analysis, after controlling for IPI and PIT, i5PS was independently prognostic for EFS (HR, 3.400 95% confidence interval, 1.750-6.750; P, .001) and OS (HR, 10.243; 95% confidence interval, 4.052-25.891; P, .001). In conjunction with clinical parameters, iPET helps risk stratify patients with PTCL and could inform risk-adapted treatment strategies. Prospective studies are needed to confirm these findings.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)187-197
Number of pages11
JournalBlood Advances
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jan 22 2019


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