Enteropathy-type intestinal T-cell lymphoma: Clinical features and treatment of 31 patients in a single center

Joanna Gale, Peter D. Simmonds, Graham M. Mead, John W. Sweetenham, Dennis H. Wright

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Purpose: We report the clinical features and treatment of 31 patients with a diagnosis of enteropathy-type intestinal T-cell lymphoma treated at the Wessex Regional Medical Oncology Unit in Southampton between 1979 and 1996 (23 men, eight women). Patients and Methods: Patients were identified from our lymphoma database. Details of history, physical examination, staging investigations, treatment, and outcome were taken from patient records. Results: Twelve patients (35%) had a documented clinical history of adult- onset celiac disease, and a further three had histologic features consistent with celiac disease in resected areas of the small bowel not infiltrated with lymphoma. After diagnosis, 24 (77%) of the 31 patients were treated with chemotherapy; the remaining seven had surgical treatment alone. More than half were unable to complete their planned chemotherapy courses, often because of poor nutritional status; 12 patients required enteral or parenteral feeding. A response to initial chemotherapy was observed in 14 patients (complete response, n = 10; partial response, n = 4). Observed complications of treatment were gastrointestinal bleeding, small-bowel perforation, and the development of enterocolic fistulae. Relapses occurred 1 to 60 months from diagnosis in 79% of those who responded to initial therapy. Of the total 31 patients, 26 (84%) have died, all from progressive disease or from complications of the disease and/or its treatment. The actuarial 1- and 5-year survival rates are 38.7% and 19.7%, respectively, with 1- and 5-year failure-free survival rates of 19.4% and 3.2%, respectively. Conclusion: The prognosis for these patients is poor. This, in part, reflects late diagnosis and poor performance status at the time of presentation. The role of salvage treatments and high-dose chemotherapy at relapse is not clear. However, it is encouraging that there are five long-term survivors in our patient population. (C) 2000 American Society of Clinical Oncology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)795-803
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 2000
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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