Medline: 1688927

Journal of Clinical Oncology 8(2): 266-271, 1990.

Stomach conservation in stages IE and IIE gastric non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.

Maor MH, Velasquez WS, Fuller LM, et al.


Thirty-four patients with stages IE and IIE gastric lymphoma were treated with chemotherapy and radiotherapy combinations without stomach resection. In 20 patients, the diagnosis was established by endoscopic biopsy only; the other 14 had laparotomy and biopsy. No patient had a gastrectomy before treatment. Nineteen patients had stage IE disease and 15 had stage IIE. Lymphoma diagnoses were: diffuse large-cell, 26; immunoblastic, three; diffuse well-differentiated, three; nodular mixed, one; and unclassified, one. The treatment plan was to deliver an initial four cycles of chemotherapy, followed by radiotherapy, and finally, more chemotherapy. Thirty-three patients received cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, prednisone, and bleomycin (CHOP-Bleo). Four patients with stage IIE disease received cyclophosphamide, methotrexate, etoposide, and dexamethasone (CMED). Twenty-three patients (68%) never had a relapse. Three patients had successful salvage therapy, one for local recurrence and two for tumor dissemination. Five patients died of recurrent abdominal disease, and one died of tumor dissemination. Two died of treatment-related complications, one of sepsis during treatment with CMED and one of bleomycin-induced lung fibrosis. No patient developed stomach perforation or bleeding as a result of chemotherapy or radiotherapy. Twenty-four of the 26 surviving patients were able to retain their stomachs. One patient required a gastrectomy for progressive disease during chemotherapy, and another required a subtotal gastrectomy for relief of an obstruction caused by cicatrization. These data show that surgery is not a necessary procedure in gastric lymphoma. Favorable results can be achieved by combining effective chemotherapy and local radiation.

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