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Characteristics and outcomes of elderly patients with primary central nervous system lymphoma: the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center experience.
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PMID:  20572045     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Approximately 50% of all patients with primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL) are aged ≥65 years; however, this group is relatively understudied, and to the authors's knowledge, optimal treatment for older patients is not well defined. METHODS: This was a retrospective review of PCNSL patients aged ≥65 years who were treated at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center between 1986 and 2008. A multivariate analysis of demographic and clinical variables on prognosis and receipt of treatment was performed. RESULTS: One hundred seventy-four patients between the ages of 65 and 89 years were identified; there was a slight predominance of women (52.9%). One hundred forty-eight patients were treated with chemotherapy at the time of diagnosis (98% with methotrexate-based therapy) and 31 of these patients also received whole-brain radiotherapy (WBRT). Sixteen patients received WBRT alone. A radiographic response to chemotherapy was noted in 76% of patients. Ninety patients developed disease progression after initial treatment; 74 received salvage therapy and 48% of these patients responded to salvage treatment. The median overall survival was 25 months (range, 18-33 months), and the 3-year survival rate was 36%. Approximately 20.1% of patients were alive for ≥11 years. WBRT was delivered more frequently before 1998, and patients with a history of prior malignancy were less likely to receive WBRT. Age and performance status were identified as the most important predictors of survival. Treatment-related neurotoxicity at 2 years was strongly associated with receipt of WBRT (P=.0002). CONCLUSIONS: PCNSL in the elderly remains sensitive to methotrexate-based chemotherapy and aggressive treatment may be warranted both at the time of diagnosis and disease recurrence.
Douglas E Ney; Anne S Reiner; Katherine S Panageas; Hayley S Brown; Lisa M DeAngelis; Lauren E Abrey
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Cancer     Volume:  116     ISSN:  0008-543X     ISO Abbreviation:  Cancer     Publication Date:  2010 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-09-27     Completed Date:  2010-11-05     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0374236     Medline TA:  Cancer     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  4605-12     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Copyright Information:
Copyright © 2010 American Cancer Society.
Department of Neurology, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York 10065, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Aged, 80 and over
Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols / therapeutic use
Brain Neoplasms
Central Nervous System Neoplasms / drug therapy,  mortality,  radiotherapy,  therapy*
Combined Modality Therapy
Disease-Free Survival
Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin / drug therapy,  mortality,  radiotherapy,  therapy*
Survival Rate
Treatment Outcome

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