Initial Treatment of Early Stage and Low Tumor Burden Follicular Lymphoma

Jonathon B. Cohen, Brad S. Kahl

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Abstract

Patients with early stage follicular lymphoma frequently have prolonged overall survival and 40% may remain progression-free 20 years after receiving radiation therapy alone. Thus, such an approach is often considered in this population. Patients with advanced-stage disease but low tumor burden do not achieve a survival benefit by initiation treatment but early therapy with rituximab can improve quality of life and prolong time until need for further treatment and/or chemotherapy. Patients with advanced-stage follicular lymphoma who have low tumor burden should be managed in a personalized fashion taking into account individual feeling regarding treatment, toxicity, and long-term goals.

Original languageEnglish
JournalHematology/Oncology Clinics of North America
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - Jan 1 2020

Keywords

  • Early stage
  • Follicular lymphoma
  • Low tumor burden
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Rituximab
  • Watchful waiting

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