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Posted by on Dec 4, 2018 in Hodgkin's lymphoma | 0 comments

In a nutshell

This study investigated the effects of blood cell transfer in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) who had developed lymphomas. At 4 years, it was found that 70% of patients survived following blood cell transfer.

Some background

Lymphomas are forms of cancer which affect the blood cells. Two common types of lymphoma are Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin. Patients with human immunodeficiency virus may often develop lymphoma. This often happens when patients do not respond to HIV treatments. Transfer of blood cells known as hematopoietic cell transplantation, cures many of these patients. It is important to investigate the safety and effectiveness of blood cell transplant for patients with HIV-associated lymphoma.

Methods & findings

This study included 20 patients with HIV-associated lymphoma who were non-responsive to treatment. Fourteen of the patients had non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Six of the patients had Hodgkin lymphoma. All patients received a blood-cell transfer. At the time of transfer, HIV was not apparent in 14 of the patients. The effects of the transfer were measured for 49 months on average.

After 4 years, 65% of patients had not experienced disease worsening. Seventy percent of patients survived during this time. After 4 years, 5% of patients had died due to factors other than the cancer returning.

The bottom line

The main finding of the study was 70% of patients who underwent blood cell transfer survived.

The fine print

This study only included 20 patients. Therefore, the results may not be applicable to a larger population.

What’s next?

If you have questions about the management of HIV-associated lymphoma, please ask your doctor.  

Published By :

Clinical lymphoma, myeloma & leukemia

Date :

Aug 01, 2018

Original Title :

Feasibility and Efficacy of High-Dose Chemotherapy and Autologous Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation for HIV-Associated Lymphoma: A Single-Institution Experience.

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