Peripheral T-cell lymphomas (PTCLs) are a heterogenous group of aggressive non-Hodgkin's lymphomas that are incurable in the majority of patients with current therapies. Outcomes associated with anthracycline-based therapies are suboptimal, but remain the standard of care for most patients, even though the benefits of this approach remain uncertain. This study retrospectively examined outcomes in a cohort of North American PTCL patients treated with both anthracycline-and nonanthracycline-containing regimens. The incorporation of anthracycline-containing regimens was associated with improved progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS). Patients treated with nonanthracycline-containing regimens were more likely to have high-risk features and were less likely to undergo high-dose therapy and stem cell transplantation. However, anthracycline use remained an independent predictor of improved PFS and OS when adjusting for these confounding variables. Anthracycline-based regimens and consolidation with high-dose therapy and autologous stem cell transplantation in appropriately selected patients remains a viable option for patients unable to participate in a clinical trial. Long-term disease-free survival is not optimal, highlighting the need for an improved understanding of disease pathogenesis, and the development of novel therapeutic strategies.
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