, Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 2311-2316
Date: 30 Oct 2011

Angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma: the effect of initial treatment and microvascular density in 31 patients

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The objectives of this study are to explore the clinical features and treatment outcomes and to investigate the correlation between microvessel density (MVD) and survival in patients with angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL). We retrospectively analyzed clinical and follow-up data of 31 patients treated in two hospitals during 1995–2009 histologically proven AITL. We also assessed MVD in the lump of 31 previously untreated patients using α-CD34 immunohistochemical staining. The median age of the 31 patients was 48 years, eighty percent of the patients were in an advanced stage. 67.7% of them had B symptoms, with the follow-up of 2–13 years, the 5-year overall survival rate was 25.8%. The response rates (RR) of CHOP group and COP (cyclophosphamide, vincristine and prednisolone) group are 76.5 and 75%, respectively, which is no significant difference (P = 0.894). RR did not differ whether chemotherapy regimens contained anthracycline or not. The 3-year PFS rate for patients who received COP and CHOP regimen was 25.4 and 35.3% (P = 0.562), while 5-year OS rates were 25.0 and 29.4%, respectively (P = 0.667). The median PFS for patients with high MVD and low MVD were 15.1 and 30.0 months (P = 0.048), while the median OS were 20 and 45 months, respectively (P = 0.038). Patients who were sensitive to initial chemotherapy COP regimen have the similar therapeutic effect to CHOP regimen. Patients with high MVD measured in the microenvironment had worse PFS and OS than AITL patients with low expression.

Shu Zhao and Liangyu Zhang contributed equally to the work and should be considered co-first authors.