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Primary CNS Lymphoma Treatment (PDQ®): Treatment - Health Professional Information [NCI] - Changes to This Summary (10 / 10 / 2014)

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Added text to state that a phase II feasibility study used chemotherapy induction with methotrexate, temozolomide, and rituximab plus consolidation with etoposide and high-dose cytarabine; with a median follow-up of 4.9 years, this phase II Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB) trial of 44 patients reported a complete radiographic response in 66% of the patients, a 2-year progression-free survival of 57%, and an estimated overall survival of 65% at 4 years (cited Rubenstein et al. as reference 34 and level of evidence 3iiiDiv). Also added that a randomized, prospective trial by the CALGB will compare this nonstandard induction regimen versus the same induction chemotherapy with myeloablative peripheral stem cell transplantation.

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