Long-term results of the MCL01 phase II trial of rituximab plus HyperCVAD alternating with high-dose cytarabine and methotrexate for the initial treatment of patients with mantle cell lymphoma


Massaro F, et al. Br J Haematol 2020.


Mantle cell lymphoma is a rare and incurable lymphoproliferative disorder. In the MCL01 trial, patients were treated with the R-HCVAD regimen [rituximab plus HyperCVAD (hyperfractionated cyclophosphamide, vincristine, doxorubicin, dexamethasone; R-CVAD) alternating with high-dose methotrexate and cytarabine (AM)] for four cycles followed by autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) for those who reached only a partial response. After a median follow-up of 10·5 years, we reported 10-year

progression-free and overall survival rates of 35% and 61% respectively, with a 10-years cumulative incidence rate of second malignancies of 10·6%. Mature results of the MCL01 trial confirmed the efficacy of HyperCVAD-AM as a frontline regimen for younger patients (≤65 years).