Mogamulizumab Plus EPOCH Therapy for Patients With Newly Diagnosed Aggressive Adult T-cell Leukemia/lymphoma


Anticancer Res. 2020 Sep;40(9):5237-5243. doi: 10.21873/anticanres.14527.


BACKGROUND/AIM: Adult T-cell leukemia/lymphoma (ATLL) is a relatively refractory CD4-positive peripheral T-cell lymphoma. VCAP-AMP-VECP (mLSG15) is one of the standard chemotherapeutic regimens for patients with aggressive ATLL. Mogamulizumab (moga), a monoclonal antibody for C-C chemokine receptor 4 antigen expressed on the cell surface, has recently been poised for use as monotherapy and in combination with chemotherapy. However, to date, a significant survival benefit has not been obtained with the combination of moga + mLSG15 therapy.

PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 77 patients diagnosed with aggressive ATLL. Of them, 22 were treated with moga + a chemotherapy regimen comprised of etoposide, vincristine, doxorubicin, cyclophosphamide, and prednisolone (EPOCH), 16 with moga + mLSG15, and 39 with chemotherapy alone.

RESULTS: A risk reduction of approximately 30% was obtained with moga + EPOCH compared with moga + mLSG15.

CONCLUSION: The addition of moga to chemotherapy did not result in a survival benefit compared with chemotherapy alone. However, a statistically significant overall survival benefit was observed in patients with moga-induced skin disorders.