A host-dependent prognostic model for elderly patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma

Katsuhiro Miura, Jun Konishi, Takaaki Miyake, Masanori Makita, Atsuko Hojo, Yasufumi Masaki, Masatoshi Uno, Jun Ozaki, Chikamasa Yoshida, Daigo Niiya, Koichi Kitazume, Yoshinobu Maeda, Jun Takizawa, Rika Sakai, Tomofumi Yano, Kazuhiko Yamamoto, Kazutaka Sunami, Yasushi Hiramatsu, Kazutoshi Aoyama, Hideki TsujimuraJun Murakami, Yoshihiro Hatta, Masatoshi Kanno

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Background. Decision-making models for elderly patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) treated with rituximab, cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone (R-CHOP) are in great demand. Patients and Methods. The Society of Lymphoma Treatment in Japan (SoLT-J), in collaboration with the West-Japan Hematology and Oncology Group (West-JHOG), collected and retrospectively analyzed the clinical records of ≥65-year-old patients with DLBCL treated with R-CHOP from 19 sites across Japan to build an algorithm that can stratify adherence to R-CHOP. Results. A total of 836 patients with a median age of 74 years (range, 65-96 years) were analyzed. In the SoLT-J cohort (n-555), age >75 years, serum albumin level <3.7 g/dL, and Charlson Comorbidity Index score ≥3 were independent adverse risk factors and were defined as the Age, Comorbidities, and Albumin (ACA) index. Based on their ACA index score, patients were categorized into “excellent” (0 points), “good” (1 point), “moderate” (2 points), and “poor” (3 points) groups. This grouping effectively discriminated the 3-year overall survival rates, mean relative total doses (or relative dose intensity) of anthracycline and cyclophosphamide, unanticipated R-CHOP discontinuance rates, febrile neutropenia rates, and treatmentrelated death rates. Additionally, the ACA index showed comparable results for these clinical parameters when it was applied to theWest-JHOG cohort (n=281). Conclusion. The ACA index has the ability to stratify the prognosis, tolerability to cytotoxic drugs, and adherence to treatment of elderly patients with DLBCL treated with R-CHOP.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)554-560
Number of pages7
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2017


  • Comorbidity
  • Diffuse large B-cell lymphoma
  • Geriatric assessment
  • Hypoalbuminemia
  • Personalized medicine
  • R-CHOP chemotherapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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