VEDex (vincristine, epirubicin dexamethasone): an effective and well tolerated palliative chemotherapy regimen for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
- L M El Helw
- P C Lorigan
- M H Robinson
- R E Coleman
- B W Hancock
Affiliations: Yorkshire Cancer Research Section of Clinical Oncology, Weston Park Hospital, Sheffield S10 2SJ, UK.
- Published online on: April 1, 2000 https://doi.org/10.3892/ijo.16.4.777
Views: 0 (Spandidos Publications: | PMC Statistics: )
Total PDF Downloads: 0 (Spandidos Publications: | PMC Statistics: )
This article is mentioned in:
An evaluation was carried out of the efficacy and toxicity of a novel weekly palliative chemotherapy regimen comprising vincristine, epirubicin and dexamethasone (VEDex) in 57 patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) treated at this centre. The age range was 34-88 years and the median age was 67 years. Twenty-three patients (40%) had low grade disease and 4 patients (7%) had transformed NHL. Thirty patients (53%) had high grade NHL; 7 had relapsed after conventional chemotherapy and were not fit for high-dose chemotherapy, 7 were heavily pre-treated, 8 had received prior radiotherapy and 8 had not received any prior therapy. Responding patients received a total of 8 weeks of treatment, but treatment could be repeated at a later stage if required. The overall response rate was 66.6%; 11 patients (19.3%) achieved a complete response and 27 (47.3%) achieved a partial response. A further 11 patients (19.3%) had stable disease. Twenty-four patients (42.1%) reported complete resolution of symptoms and 21 (36.8%) had partial resolution of symptoms. The median survival from the onset of treatment was 6 months. Grade III neutropenia was seen in 9 patients (15.8%). Other toxicity included nausea and vomiting grade II (3.5%), grade III (1.8%) and alopecia grade III (1.8%). There were no treatment related deaths. We conclude that VEDex is an effective palliative treatment in patients with indolent or aggressive lymphoma with poor performance status or who have been heavily pre-treated. It is well tolerated in the elderly.