Lenalidomide maintenance compared with placebo in responding elderly patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma treated with first-line rituximab plus cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone

Catherine Thieblemont, Hervé Tilly, Maria Gomes Da Silva, Rene Olivier Casasnovas, Christophe Fruchart, Franck Morschhauser, Corinne Haioun, Julien Lazarovici, Anida Grosicka, Aurore Perrot, Judith Trotman, Catherine Sebban, Dolores Caballero, Richard Greil, Koen Van Eygen, Amos M. Cohen, Hugo Gonzalez, Reda Bouabdallah, Lucie Oberic, Bernadette CorrontBachra Choufi, Armando Lopez-Guillermo, John Catalano, Achiel Van Hoof, Josette Briere, Jose Cabeçadas, Gilles Salles, Philippe Gaulard, Andre Bosly, Bertrand B Coiffier

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Purpose: The standard treatment of patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is rituximab in combination with cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (R-CHOP). Lenalidomide, an immunomodulatory agent, has shown activity in DLBCL. This randomized phase III trial compared lenalidomide as maintenance therapy with placebo in elderly patients with DLBCL who achieved a complete response (CR) or partial response (PR) to R-CHOP induction. Methods: Patients with previously untreated DLBCL or other aggressive B-cell lymphoma were 60 to 80 years old, had CR or PR after six or eight cycles of R-CHOP, and were randomly assigned to lenalidomide maintenance 25 mg/d or placebo for 21 days of every 28-day cycle for 24 months. The primary end point was progression-free survival (PFS). Results: A total of 650 patients were randomly assigned. At the time of the primary analysis (December 2015), with a median follow-up of 39 months from random assignment, median PFS was not reached for lenalidomide maintenance versus 58.9 months for placebo (hazard ratio, 0.708; 95% CI, 0.537 to 0.933; P = .01). The result was consistent among analyzed subgroups (eg, male v female, age-adjusted International Prognostic Index 0 or 1 v 2 or 3, age younger than 70 v ≥ 70 years), response (PR v CR) after R-CHOP, and positron emission tomography status at assignment (negative v positive). With longer median follow-up of 52 months (October 2016), overall survival was similar between arms (hazard ratio, 1.218; 95% CI, 0.861 to 1.721; P = .26). Most common grade 3 or 4 adverse events associated with lenalidomide versus placebo maintenance were neutropenia (56% v 22%) and cutaneous reactions (5% v 1%), respectively. Conclusion: Lenalidomide maintenance for 24 months after obtaining a CR or PR to R-CHOP significantly prolonged PFS in elderly patients with DLBCL.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2473-2481
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 1 Aug 2017

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