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Hatzl, S; Posch, F; Deutsch, A; Beham-Schmid, C; Stöger, H; Greinix, H; Pichler, M; Neumeister, P; Prochazka, KT.
Immunohistochemistry for c-myc and bcl-2 overexpression improves risk stratification in primary central nervous system lymphoma.
Hematol Oncol. 2020; 38(3):277-283 Doi: 10.1002/hon.2727 [OPEN ACCESS]
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Führende Autor*innen der Med Uni Graz
Hatzl Stefan
Co-Autor*innen der Med Uni Graz
Beham-Schmid Christine
Deutsch Alexander
Greinix Hildegard
Neumeister Peter
Pichler Martin
Posch Florian
Prochazka Katharina
Stöger Herbert

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Overexpression of bcl-2 and c-myc are defining features of double-expressor-lymphoma (DEL) but may also occur separately in patients with primary central nervous system lymphoma (PCNSL). Despite all progress in optimizing treatment regimen, there is lack of sufficient risk stratification models. Here, we first describe the relationship between DEL biology, the National Comprehensive Cancer Network International Prognostic Index (NCCN-IPI), treatment response, disease progression, and mortality in PCNSL. In this study, we determined c-myc and bcl-2 status immunohistochemically in samples of 48 patients with newly diagnosed PCNSL and followed these patients for a median interval of 6.2 years. Twelve, 18, and 17 patients harbored none, one, or both DEL features. Corresponding overall response rates after first-line therapy were strongly associated with DEL biology (100%, 42%, and 44% in patients with 0, 1, or 2 DEL features). Patients with one or both DEL features had a 5-fold and 13-fold higher 5-year risk of progression and/or death than patients without DEL features. These associations prevailed after adjusting for the NCCN-IPI. DEL improved the discriminatory capability of the NCCN-IPI (P = .0001). Furthermore, we could show that addition of DEL biology to the NCCN-IPI significantly improved the score's discriminatory potential both toward progression-free survival (increase in Harell's c = 0.15, P = .005) and overall survival (increase in Harell's c = 0.11, P = .029). In conclusion, DEL biology is a strong and simple-to-use predictor of adverse outcome in PCNSL. Addition of DEL to the NCCN-IPI improves its prognostic potential. Disease progression from PCNSL harboring both DEL features is invariably fatal. This defines a novel PCNSL patient subset with a great unmet need for improved therapy. © 2020 The Authors. Hematological Oncology published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

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