RELAPSED FOLLICULAR LYMPHOMA-- Hello, everyone-- After a 7 year remission, my FL is back.(Had 6 R-CHOP) Preliminary suggested treatment: Bendamustine (Treandia) and Rituximab, with 2 years of maintenance Rituximab. I may do this but want to know what else is out there. I know of zevelin and bexxar which sound promising. I want to see what clinical trials are available. What have others done?
I have nodal marginal zone lymphoma, which is treated in a similar way to FL. I just finished treanda/R and was going to have 2 years R maintenance. I didn't make it into remission, although there was marked improvement. My Dr didn't want to do the maintenance since I wasn't in remission. Instead, I'm back on watch and wait, and will get another scan the middle of August. I'm also wondering what else is out there, since I'm not sure what wil be my next step if the next scan shows more disease. ...BeckyD
Hi, Becky, I meant to ask, how were the side effects, etc. from the Treandia? I am very curious about that because that is still the most likely thing I might end up doing. How many sessions? Did you ever have CHOP or R-CHOP because I know how that was, was Treandia like that, if you know? I would definitely look into clinical trials and/or second opinions.
I didn't have R/CHOP. My first treatment was radiation for my groin area. Then the disease popped up in my abdomen and I was on watch and wait for three years. Treanda/R was my first experience with chemo. I wouldn't say it was wonderful, but compared to stories about CHOP it did seem mild. For one thing, I didn't lose my hair, and I kept working (I'm a high school teacher) with just a few days off for the actual infusion and then two or three days after that, especially at the end of the treatment. I had R alone, then four R/Treanda cycles, and then R alone. As I said, there was marked improvement but not a remission. Stomach problems were the worst for me, though the drugs to control nausea worked to prevent vomiting if not a rather sick feeling. About two weeks after the infusion my temperatures ran high, but not over the 100.5 that they seemed concerned about. Unfortunately, my Dr. said the drug was new enough that she didn't want to use it again if I needed it within two years. Of course I may not need it. My last watch and wait lasted three. It is just nerve wracking to have this condition and not know when/if it will pop up and disrupt life again. Keep us posted on your situation. BeckyD
Hi, Becky, thanks for the info, very useful to me to hear about Treandia-- I got a good sense from what you said. I did have the dreaded R-CHOP and I did about what you did, took off a day or two or three after infusion, then back to work-- the last one, #6, was the hardest, I remember I had to take a week off--- Treandia does sound "better." What's next for you, routine testing to see where you're at?
Lovely to get 7 years!
I'm not up on what's out there, but when needed I use clinical trials dot gov, and visited nhl cyberfamily and lymphomation dot org for updates and reviews, etc.
A decade ago, after my first relapse sct was the first recommendation; but then that's been some time ago.
After transformation I had an auto at the Hutch, 3 years ago now.
Well, that's a long story, ; but, the first time it was presented to me I was not capable mentally of facing the challenge. I wish now that I had done it earlier though. I would have had fewer treatments prior to the the auto and been a decade younger.
Not that it was a piece of cake, but it's doable. Of course I was at SCCA, aka The Hutch, and felt my life was in good careful hands. Very Important. I've since been to another center, name withheld to protect the guilty, and I feel grateful that I was in such a quality program.
Congratulations on the first 7 years of remission. The fact that you achieved such a long remission works in your favour because it indicates your fNHL is very responsive to treatment. Subsequent treatments are therefore more likely to be successful.
Of course the worst thing about fNHL is that there are so many treatment options it makes it near impossible to choose from amongst them all. One day we will have the technology to test people and find out which treatments will work best but until that day it is a guessing game.
Personally I think either Bexxar or Zevalin would be good choices since they don't really use "drugs" which are generally more toxic and which risks you building resistance. However there is one problem that I see. Since you have had quite a lot of Rituxan you may not get as good a response to Bexxar or Zevalin since they both target the same CD20 marker on the cell surface. It is known that people become resistant to Rituxan over time so this could an issue for you.
However there are several new antibody therapies that are worth considering. All are in clinical trial stages now, so it is not always possible to qualify to get them. But the advantage to using antibody based therapies is that there is so little toxicity. Best to save the nasty stuff until it is really needed.
Inotuzumab Ozogamicin: This one targest the CD22 marker so it is looking at a different target than Rituxan, Zevalin and Bexxar. Here is a recent article about it from Cancer Consultants. You need a free membership to view the article, but since it is free and they have TONS of good information it is worthwhile.
Inotuzumab Ozogamicin Achieves ‘Markedly Long’ Antitumor Response in Indolent B-Cell NHL
Ocaratuzumab is another new antibody that is showing very high response rates in people who are refractory to Rituxan. It is a second generation antibody.
Efficacy of ocaratuzumab (AME-133v) in relapsed follicular lymphoma patients refractory to prior rituximab
Next is another next generation antibody. It is only in Phase I trials but the results are good enough to warrant consideration.
Phase 1 study results of the type II glycoengineered humanized anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody obinutuzumab (GA101) in B-cell lymphoma patients
You can find all those clinical trials and thousands more at the USA clinical trials government website. It is a very easy site to search.
Of course there is also a very broad range of standard therapies to consider. Since you had such a good response to R-CHOP you might consider R-CVP. It is the same but leaves out the Doxorubicin, which comes with a lifetime limit. You would not have surpassed your limit yet with only 6 R-CHOP but since the Doxorubicin is potentially toxic to the heart, why risk more of it.
Bendamustine does seem like the most likely of the standard therapies for you. It gets great results and its toxicity is somewhat less than CHOP (and has no cardiotoxic side effects)
There is also the option of having an autologous stem cell transplant. While this would be the most toxic and most difficult treatment it also has the potential to put you into a very sustained remission. It is known that the more previous treatment you have had the less success the outcome from an SCT so having it as a second line therapy is becoming more common. But it is not for everyone. I am lucky, I chose to have an autologous SCT as my second line treatment when I relapsed from fNHL in 2002. It appears that it cured me because I have been in remission for 10 years. My SCT was part of a clinical trial so I underwent extensive molecular testing for the 5 years following my SCT and even at the molecular level there was no evidence of disease. Age would play a role in your choice. The younger you are the better able to tolerate an SCT you will be. I was 42 when I had mine. The prospect of a VERY LONG remission was one of the deciding factors for me. At only age 42 I wanted something that would let me reach my retirement years.
Haven't been on the boards for a while and thought I would post. I don't know where you live but I would suggest that you look at clinical trials. After multiple relapses following on RCHOP, maintenance Ritux, R-Benda and Bexxar, over a year ago I entered a phase I clinical trial of CAL101. it has steadily reduced my very bulky disease. I have had no new nodes in over a year which is unprecedented for me. I had a side effect of diarrhea for awhile but the docs now think they have figured that out and are treating it successfully with a drug called Lealda that is used for Crohns disease. They are trialling CAL101 at multiple centers and are now enrolling Phase III arms. You take a pill in the morning and one at night. It is being administered on it's own or in combo with rituxan or r-Benda. I am also hearing very good things about a new Abbott labs drug called ABT199.
Do some checking around and let me know if I can help. Best,laurie
i like your name-- i was born in 59-- my questions about phase ones are primarily safety-- the drug has not been shown to be safe yet, that is what the phase one is for-- were you worried about that? what did they tell you about risks? were the side effects as predicted? better, worse? are you continuing the trial? its my undestanding that they will shut it down early if its not safe or not working to curb the cancer---
I'm 54, was diagnosed in 1995 with the same. I am waiting for results from my biopsy this past Friday. Have been in and out of remission over the years. 17 years since diagnosis. Extremely over anxious this time, more than ever. Not sure why, but this is the first time I've used any websites for support.
Hi Zazoo, can I ask what your signs/symptoms were of your relapse? I'm 10 yr's out from diagnosis and 9 yr's completion of FND+R and experiencing an enlarged cervical lymph node (inguinal was my primary diagnosis site) with headaches for past 2 months. Just now putting the 2 together.
Hi, Ddashbrook! I had a CT done of my heart following an "interesting" EKG (that part is fine) and they found a mass in my left lung-- when I finally got the PT scan, the lung mass was "active" and two inguinal lymph nodes were enlarged. Mine started with left inguinal nodes way back when. I've been fatigued and short of breath but that's been going on for years, really, even when scans were clear, so think just kind of a fluke that the EKG found a lung mass. I was due for a scan anyway, so don't think the EKG "saved" me. But I do give my regular PCP credit for doing the EKG, I wasn't really "due" for one, which started the ball rolling.
What do you think? You have a long remission going there. Now that I've relapsed, the doctors seem freer to talk about "my" life ahead, wih multiple scans, multiple treatments, etc.
I naturally think the worst, predisposed to it for some "odd" reason :-/ I do have an appt tomorrow for an exam, apparently my health insurer has decided that PET Scans must be requested with proof of need which is a new thing. I assume they'll start with some sort of scan. It has been a long time since my initial diagnosis but I remember they started with a biopsy, not sure why that wouldn't be what they start with this time.
I hope the best for you and your situation and many years ahead for you Zazoo!
Follow up, had my scan and lymph node in my neck shows "active uptake" and I meet with surgeon next week to schedule a biopsy. I did get my hands on last years PET scan report and see that it mentions this lymph node and it's twin on the other side at 10mm, the enlarged one is at least twice as big now. Since fNHL is indolent I'm wondering if this means I have transformed to agressive form such as DLBCL.
Hi, DDB! I don's see transformation at all from what you've said-- lymph nodes growing is what they do, mine are growing, the ones with new FL in them. I have a hot one on each hip, but they are all follicular-- I had 7 year of remission-- the only way to find out is with the biopsy as you know but the likelihood is for this to stay the same kind of L.
Hello, everyone-- After a 7 year remission, my FL is back.(Had 6 R-CHOP) Preliminary suggested treatment: Bendamustine (Treandia) and Rituximab, with 2 years of maintenance Rituximab. I may do this but want to know what else is out there. I know of zevelin and bexxar which sound promising. I want to see what clinical trials are available. What have others done?
Zazoo here-- I thought I would update. My follicular lymphoma relapsed after 7 years in remission. After a LOT of study, I have been in a clinical trial since August 2012. I am receiving a monoclonal anitbody labelled CDX-1127. It is supposed to hit on CD 27 and perhaps activate the T cells to strengthen the immune system. I have had 2 rounds of 4 infusions and am on my third round. The drug may have stopped the FL from growing and spreading but (so far) has not shrunken any masses or nodes. I'm disappointed that there is no shrinkage if growths but am staying in the trial because overall tumor burden is low, its not spreading, etc. I am also way interested in avoiding the hard stuff (been there, done that with R-CHOP). Side effects are almost non-existent, nothing compare to CHOP. I may be a little queasy, tired after an infusion but, again, nothing close to "real" chemo (as we all know). This trial is a phase I.
My NHL came back after two years of remission after RCHOP. I am on a trial protocol based on Bendamustine and GA101, just finished fourth treatment and all lymph glands have shrunk back to normal size. I still need two more treatments and then two years maint with GA101.
So far this treatment is much better tolerated than RCHOP, and while I do have a little more nausea and a bit tired it is a breeze is comparison.
I wish you luck in your treatment, hopefully the end result will be long term remission.
zazoo here-- for several months i have been in a clinical trial with a new monoclonal antibody, targeting CD 27. Resuts maybe great, maybe just pretty good-- the C has stopped spreading to new sites, but what is there is still there, maybe increasing a millimeter in size every 3 months or so. They call this "stable."