A phase II study of etoposide, methylprednisolone, high-dose cytarabine, and oxaliplatin (ESHAOx) for patients with refractory or relapsed Hodgkin’s lymphoma

Young Woong Won, Hyewon Lee, Hyeon Seok Eom, Jin Seok Kim, Cheolwon Suh, Dok Hyun Yoon, Jung Yong Hong, Hye Jin Kang, Jae Hoon Lee, Won Seog Kim, Seok Jin Kim, Won Sik Lee, Myung Hee Chang, Young Rok Do, Jun Ho Yi, Inho Kim, Jong Ho Won, Kyoungha Kim, Sung Yong Oh, Jae Cheol Jo

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Abstract

We assessed the efficacy and toxicity of etoposide, methylprednisolone, high-dose cytarabine, and oxaliplatin (ESHAOx) combination chemotherapy in patients with refractory or relapsed Hodgkin’s lymphoma (HL). This was an open-label, non-randomized, multi-center phase II study. The ESHAOx regimen consisted of intravenous (i.v.) etoposide 40 mg/m2 on days 1 to 4, i.v. methylprednisolone 500 mg on days 1 to 5, i.v. cytarabine 2 g/m2 on day 5, and i.v. oxaliplatin 130 mg/m2 on day 1. Cycles (up to six) were repeated every 3 weeks. In an effort to identify prognostic markers, the serum levels of cytokines including tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α), C-reactive protein (CRP), and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) were measured at the time of study entry. A total of 37 patients were enrolled, and 36 were available for evaluation of tumor response. The overall response rate was 72.2% (26/36) (complete response, 33.3% [12/36]; partial response, 38.9% [14/36]). The median time to progression was 34.9 months (95% confidence interval, 23.1–46.7 months). The most common grade 3 or 4 hematological adverse events were neutropenia (16/37, 43.2%), followed by thrombocytopenia (10/37, 27.0%). Grade 3 or 4 non-hematological adverse events were nausea (3/37, 8.1%), anorexia (2/37, 5.4%), mucositis (1/37, 2.7%), and skin rash (1/37, 2.7%). There were no treatment-related deaths. High levels of TNF-α and CRP were significantly associated with poorer overall survival (p = 0.00005 for TNF-α, p = 0.0004 for CRP, respectively). The ESHAOx regimen exhibited antitumor activity and an acceptable safety profile in patients with refractory or relapsed HL. Trial Registration: ClinicalTrials.gov. Registered February 21, 2011, https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT01300156

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)255-264
Number of pages10
JournalAnnals of Hematology
Volume99
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2020 Feb 1

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  • Hematology

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