Population based study of prognostic factors and treatment in adult Burkitt lymphoma: a Swedish Lymphoma Registry study.

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Burkitt lymphoma (BL) is a rare neoplasm constituting 1-2% of adult lymphomas. Our aims in this study were to establish prognostic factors for overall survival in adult BL and evaluate the efficacy of different chemotherapy regimens in a population based setting. The study population was collected from the Swedish Lymphoma Registry 2000-2010. During this period, 156 adult patients with BL were identified. In multivariate analysis, age and performance status (PS) were significant adverse prognostic factors for overall survival. A modified prognostic index, based on: age >40 years, PS >1, and lactate dehydrogenase > upper limit of normal (ULN) was proposed. Patients with a score of 0-1, 2, and 3 were found to have a 2-year survival of 91.2%, 58.4%, and 27.5%, respectively. High-intensity regimens were associated with more favorable overall survival. Rituximab addition was not significantly associated with improvement in survival. A modified prognostic index may be valuable for adult BL, as proposed.


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  • Skåne University Hospital
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  • Cancer and Oncology
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2090-2096
JournalLeukemia & Lymphoma
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2011
Publication categoryResearch

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