TREATMENT AND PREVENTION OF ANTHRACYCLINE CARDIOTOXICITY: MOLECULAR DIAGNOSIS OF PRIMARY MEDIASTINAL B CELL LYMPHOMA

Abstract: Primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma (PMBCL) is a relatively rare lymphoma subtype affecting mainly young adults. Its molecular signature and clinical features resemble classical Hodgkin lymphoma. The optimal chemotherapy for this lymphoma subtype has not been established. The addition of rituximab to anthracycline based chemotherapy improved response rates and survival. Many centers use R-CHOP as standard treatment, but the role of the intensified regimens and consolidation radiotherapy has to be clarified. Recent data coming from retrospective analyses and an ongoing prospective study addressing the problem of consolidation radiotherapy will help to better identify risk groups and apply risk-adapted and effective treatment strategies. The latest research has helped to understand molecular mechanisms of PMBCL pathogenesis and indicated targets of directed therapy for the future.