Bendamustine, vincristine and prednisone (BOP) versus cyclophosphamide, vincristine and prednisone (COP) in advanced indolent non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and mantle cell lymphoma: results of a randomised phase III trial (OSHO# 19)

M Herold, A Schulze, D Niederwieser, A Franke, H J Fricke, P Richter, M Freund, B Ismer, K Dachselt, C Boewer, V Schirmer, J Weniger, R Pasold, C Winkelmann, C Klinkenstein, M Schulze, H Arzberger, K Bremer, S Hahnfeld, A Schwarzer, C Müller, Chr Müller
Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology 2006, 132 (2): 105-12

PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to compare the efficacy and toxicity of bendamustine, vincristine + prednisone (BOP) with a standard regimen of cyclophosphamide, vincristine + prednisone (COP) in patients with previously untreated advanced indolent non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) and mantle cell lymphoma.

METHODS: A total of 164 patients with follicular lymphoma (grade 1/2), mantle cell lymphoma or lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma (immunocytoma) was randomised to treatment with vincristine 2 mg (day 1) and prednisone 100 mg/m2 (days 1-5) + bendamustine 60 mg/m2 (days 1-5) or + cyclophosphamide 400 mg/m2 (days 1-5) for a total of eight 21-day cycles.

RESULTS: The rate of complete remission was 22% with BOP and 20% with COP. The projected 5-year survival rate was 61% with BOP and 46% with COP. The BOP-associated 5-year survival advantage almost reached significance in the subgroup of patients who responded to therapy (74% vs. 56%; P = 0.05), and did reach significance in responders who did not receive interferon maintenance therapy (70% vs. 47%; P = 0.03). Toxicity was acceptable in both treatment groups, although alopecia and leucopenia were more severe with COP.

CONCLUSIONS: Bendamustine can efficaciously and safely replace cyclophosphamide, as used in standard COP therapy, for the treatment of patients with indolent NHL and mantle cell lymphoma. Long-term survival data suggest a clinically significant benefit for patients treated with BOP.

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