Wang YH, et al. Int J Hematol 2020.
Mantle cell lymphoma (MCL) is a B-cell non-Hodgkin lymphoma often with extranodal involvement at diagnosis, and yet how this feature correlates with survival awaits elucidation. To address this issue, a correlative analysis between clinical features of 127 MCL patients and their overall survival (OS) was conducted. In this cohort, the median age at MCL diagnosis was 62 years and 81% were males. Eighty-four percent of patients were Ann Arbor stage 4, and 15% were blastoid variants. In patients
with gastrointestinal MCL, approximately 40% had gastric involvement. In treatment, CHOP-based induction chemotherapy was given to 61.1% of patients. One-third of patients undertook autologous stem cell transplant (SCT), and 4.7% had allogeneic SCT. The median OS was 82 months and well-stratified in MIPI risk groups. In the multivariate analysis for OS, blastoid variants and gastric involvement were both independent risk factors whereas auto-SCT had a protective effect. Overall, this study corroborated with the current understandings and international therapeutic standards for MCL. Auto-SCT associated with a better OS while allo-SCT remained an option for blastoid variants and those who failed Auto-SCT. Interestingly, patients with gastric involvement tended to have worse survival, a finding that spawns more studies to investigate the mechanism.