Authors: HİKMETTULLAH BATGİ, SEMİH BAŞCI, MEHMET SİNAN DAL, MERİH KIZIL ÇAKAR, BAHAR UNCU ULU, TUĞÇE NUR YİĞENOĞLU, NURGÜL ÖZCAN, ALİ KILINÇ, ALPARSLAN MERDİN, JALE YILDIZ, MEHMET BAKIRTAŞ, DERYA ŞAHİN, TAHİR DARÇIN, DİCLE İSKENDER, NURAN AHÜ BAYSAL, FEVZİ ALTUNTAŞ
Abstract: Background/aim: Gemcitabine, dexamethasone and cisplatin (GDP) is a well-established salvage regimen for relapsed and refractory lymphomas. In this study, we aimed to share our experience with the patients who received GDP/R-GDP (rituximab-gemcitabine, dexamethasone and cisplatin) for stem cell mobilization. Materials and methods: Data of 69 relapsed and refractory Hodgkin lymphoma (HL) and Non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) patients who received GDP/R-GDP as salvage chemotherapy in our center between July 2014 and January 2020 were retrospectively evaluated. After the evaluation of response, 52 patients had a chemosensitive disease and underwent mobilization with GDP/R-GDP plus G-CSF (granulocyte colony-stimulating factor). Collected CD34+ stem cells and related parameters were compared in terms of diagnosis of HL and NHL, early and late stage, patients who did not receive RT and those who received RT, and patients aged under 60 and over 60. Results: On the 15th day on average (range 11-20), a median number of 8.7 × 106 /kg (4.1-41.5) CD34+ stem cells were collected in 51 (98%) of our 52 chemosensitive patients and 1 (2%) patients failed to mobilize. We observed acceptable hematological and nonhematological toxicity. The targeted amount of 2 × 106 /kg CD34+ stem cells was attained by 98% (n: 51) patients, and all of them underwent autologous stem cell transplantation. Moreover, low toxicity profiles provide outpatient utilization option clinics with close follow-up and adequate supportive care. Conclusion: We suggest that GDP/R-GDP plus G-CSF can be used as an effective chemotherapy regimen for mobilizing CD34+ stem cells from peripheral blood in relapsed and refractory lymphoma patients due to low toxicity, effective tumor reduction, and successful stem cell mobilization. It can also be assumed that the GDP mobilization regimen may be more effective, especially in patients with early-stage disease and in HL patients.
Keywords: Gemcitabine, dexamethasone, cisplatin, stem cell mobilization, relapsed and refractory lymphoma
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