EORTC 20981 trial demonstrates: Risk of death can be halved
Two years of maintenance therapy with rituximab dramatically improves the chances of survival for patients suffering from one of the most frequent forms of lymphoma, indolent non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (NHL). The EORTC 20981 trial reveals that rituxibam maintenance treatment prologns progression free survival by about 2,5 years, irrespective of initial treatment. Moreover, the risk of death is halved for patients who receive rituximab maintenance therapy, compared to those who receive no maintenance treatment. The outcome of the clinical trial was presented at the 47th annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology in Atlanta, USA, late last year. The final report of the trial is about to be published shortly.
Professor Marinus van Oers M.D. from the Academic Medical Center of the University of Amsterdam, lead investigator of the EORTC pivotal study together with her colleague Professor Anton Hagenbeek, said: “Our trial confirms that rituximab maintenance therapy is highly beneficial for all patients, including those who have already received rituximab as part of their initial therapy. We have not seen such an impressive improvement in progression free and overall survival for indolent NHL in the last 30 years. Maintenance therapy with rituximab may well become the new standard of care for these patients.”
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