Whether the lymphocyte-to-monocyte ratio (LMR) at relapse can predict clinical outcomes for relapsed/refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) in the rituximab era was investigated. We analyzed 74 patients with relapsed/refractory DLBCL initially treated with a rituximab-containing regimen. A low LMR (≤ 2.6) was significantly associated with shortened overall survival and progression-free survival. The LMR might facilitate better stratification among patients in the low- and intermediate-risk second-line international prognostic index groups.Background:
Patients with relapsed/refractory diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) have a poor prognosis, even in the rituximab era. Several studies have reported the clinical importance of the peripheral blood lymphocyte-to-monocyte ratio (LMR) in various malignancies, including lymphoma. However, the prognostic value of the LMR in relapsed/refractory DLBCL has not been well evaluated. The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether the LMR at relapse can predict clinical outcomes for relapsed/refractory DLBCL patients treated with rituximab.Patients and Methods:
We analyzed data on 74 patients with relapsed/refractory DLBCL, who were initially treated with R-CHOP (rituximab and cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone) or an R–CHOP-like regimen.Results:
There was a significant association between a low LMR (≤ 2.6) and shorter overall survival (OS; P < .001) and progression-free survival (PFS; P < .001) compared with the high LMR group (> 2.6). Multivariate analysis showed that LMR was an independent prognostic factor for OS (P < .001) and PFS (P < .001), as was the international prognostic index (IPI) at relapse for OS. In addition, the LMR had an incremental value for OS and PFS compared with the IPI at relapse.Conclusion:
The LMR predicts OS and PFS outcomes in relapsed/refractory DLBCL patients treated with rituximab, and might facilitate better stratification among patients in low- and intermediate-risk IPI groups.