Long-term survivors of primary central nervous system lymphoma

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In this study, we provide long-term outcome data of patients with primary central nervous system lymphoma


The long-term outcomes of PCNSL patients diagnosed between 1982 and 2006 were reviewed. Neurological late neurotoxicity symptoms, neuroradiological brain atrophy and leukoencephalopathy were evaluated. Surviving patients completed the Quality of Life Questionnaire-30 and Brain Cancer Module-20. The differences in overall survival were assessed using the Kaplan-Meier method and log-rank test. The differences between groups in terms of each investigated parameter were analyzed using the Wilcoxon signed-rank test


Among 112 PCNSL patients, there were 33 (29.4%) long-term (> 5 years) survivors. The median survival of all long-term survivors was 105.7 months; of these, 8 (7.1%) were alive at the latest follow-up, with a mean survival time of 170.2 months (range, 121.8-286.4). Clinical assessment revealed severe neurotoxicity in 14 patients (42.4%), moderate neurotoxicity in 5 (15.1%), and normal status in 14 (42.4%). Correlations were seen between the neuroradiological imaging score changes and neurocognitive condition (P=0.0001), neurocognitive condition and the whole brain irradiation dose (P=0.0004), and atrophy and the whole brain irradiation dose (P=0.0035).


A more severe clinical condition was found to be associated with increasing age and whole brain irradiation dose in long-term survivors with PCNSL.

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