What is the role of rituximab in the treatment of mantle cell lymphoma (MCL)?

Updated: Mar 15, 2019
  • Author: Muhammad Rashid Abbasi, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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The anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody rituximab, used as a single agent, has activity in MCL, yielding a response rate of 35%, a complete response rate of 10-15%, and a median duration of response of approximately 1 year in rituximab-naive patients. The potential role of rituximab as a maintenance therapy for patients with MCL is not yet well defined. The benefit of rituximab has been confirmed in combination with all chemotherapy regimens tested.

Borgerding et al reported responses to repeat treatment with rituximab in approximately two thirds of patients with MCL who had responded to initial treatment. However, lasting remissions in these cases were achieved only by high-dose chemotherapy with stem cell transplantation. [30]

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