Review of rituximab in primary CNS lymphoma

Pawan K. Singh, Edward Pan

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Primary CNS lymphoma (PCNSL) is a rare intracranial tumor. Several treatment regimens exist, but there is no one established standard of care regimen. This article reviews the effects of the addition of rituximab to induction chemotherapy for PCNSL patients. The addition of rituximab in phase II trials seems to increase the overall response rates (ORR) of PCNSL patients, especially when they receive consolidation therapy after rituximab-based induction chemotherapy regimens. Upfront rituximab added to MBVP chemotherapy did not improve overall survival in PCNSL patients, but it may benefit specific subpopulations of PCNSL patients. This review highlights the potential benefit of rituximab as part of induction chemotherapy with consolidation treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number116649
JournalJournal of the Neurological Sciences
StatePublished - Mar 15 2020


  • Clinical trials
  • Methotrexate
  • Primary CNS lymphoma
  • Rituximab

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology


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