Wednesday, June 03, 2015

June 3, 2015 — Rituximab’s Latest Dance Partner

Some encouraging news from the world of lymphoma research:

“Polatuzumab plus rituximab in relapsed/refractory follicular lymphoma showed high overall response rates at two doses of polatuzumab, with a higher complete response rate at 2.4 mg/kg, data presented at the 2015 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) annual meeting have shown....

Researchers enrolled 45 patients with relapsed/refractory follicular lymphoma and assigned them to receive polatuzumab at 2.4 mg/kg or 1.8 mg/kg with rituximab 375 mg/m2 every 21 days until disease progression or unacceptable toxicity.

Results showed that overall response rates were 76% (19/25) and 75% (15/20) in the 2.4 mg/kg and 1.8 mg/kg groups, respectively.”

Rituximab — which I received, in conjunction with the CHOP chemotherapy cocktail in 2006 — continues to be the gold standard in treating non-Hodgkin lymphoma. For refractory (recurring) disease, the doctors are continually trying new combinations of rituximab with other drugs. This combination — for indolent disease — is the latest variation.

Keep at it, researchers!