The Role of Rituximab in Primary Central Nervous System Lymphoma

Lymphoma
30/06/2020

Bromberg JEC, et al. Curr Oncol Rep 2020 - Review.

ABSTRACT

PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The treatment of primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL) is still under debate. One of the issues is the role of rituximab in improving the outcome. Here, we summarize the existing evidence, and comment on the literature on this topic.


RECENT FINDINGS: Two randomized controlled studies have been published recently, with conflicting results. Although the evidence of the benefit of rituximab is limited, it is already incorporated into many treatment regimens, both in studies and in standard clinical practice. The use of rituximab in PCNSL is still a matter of debate. A positive effect on the outcome is uncertain. However, there are no clinical signs of significantly increased toxicity. The uncertain positive effect should therefore be weighed against the increased costs of the treatment.