Revlimid and Rituxan for maintenance for lymphoma – pro

Recent studies suggest that lanalidomide and rituxan are effective in relapsed or refractory lymphomas. Revlimid, in particular, shows effectiveness for maintenance in myeloma. Because both drugs are well tolerated, this created an interest in studying their effectiveness for maintenance. Currently, maintenance is not standard for most lymphomas, including Diffuse Large B Cell lymphoma. Lenalidomide alone is still in studies, for example, Maintenance Lenalidomide in Lymphoma, NCT01575860.

N. M. Reddy, R. Simmons, M. Caldwell, M. H. Jagasia, D. S. Morgan, S. I. Park, J. P. Greer, K. L. Richards; Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville, TN; University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC A phase II randomized study of lenalidomide or lenalidomide and rituximab as maintenance therapy following standard chemotherapy for patients with high/high-intermediate risk diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.   J Clin Oncol 29: 2011 (suppl; abstr TPS138)
Zinzani PL, Pellegrini C, Gandolfi L, Stefoni V, Quirini F, Derenzini E, Broccoli A, Argnani L, Pileri S, Baccarani M.
Combination of lenalidomide and rituximab in elderly patients with relapsed or refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma: a phase 2 trial.Clin Lymphoma Myeloma Leuk. 2011 Dec;11(6):462-6.

Wang M, Fayad L, Wagner-Bartak N, Zhang L, Hagemeister F, Neelapu SS, Samaniego F, McLaughlin P, Fanale M, Younes A, Cabanillas F, Fowler N, Newberry KJ, Sun L, Young KH, Champlin R, Kwak L, Feng L, Badillo M, Bejarano M, Hartig K, Chen W, Chen Y, Byrne C, Bell N, Zeldis J, Romaguera J Lenalidomide in combination with rituximab for patients with relapsed or refractory mantle-cell lymphoma: a phase 1/2 clinical trial.Lancet Oncol. 2012 Jul;13(7):716-23.
Eva Kimby Biological Therapy Doublets: Pairing Rituximab with Interferon, Lenalidomide, and Other Biological Agents in Patients with Follicular Lymphoma Current Hematologic Malignancy Reports September 2012, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 221-227

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