Primary non-hodgkin lymphoma of the small bowel

Chul S. Ha, Moon June Cho, Pamela K. Allen, Lillian M. Fuller, Fernando Cabanillas, James D. Cox

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PURPOSE: To clarify the natural history of primary lymphoma of the small bowel and identify preferred treatments for it. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective analysis of 61 patients with primary lymphoma of the small bowel was performed. The Ann Arbor stages were I in 20 patients, II in 28, and IV in 13. After resection or biopsy, 15 patients were treated with radiation therapy, 26 with chemotherapy, and 16 with combined-modality therapy. Four patients underwent no adjuvant treatment after resection. RESULTS: The actuarial 10-year overall survival and relapse-free survival for the patients with intermediate- and high-grade lymphoma were 47% and 53%, respectively. For the patients with low-grade lymphoma, these rates were 81% and 62%. For patients who underwent radiation therapy, combined-modality therapy, or chemotherapy, the recurrence rates inside the abdomen or pelvis were one of 12, two of 15, and five of 20, respectively, and those outside the abdomen or pelvis were four of 12, one of 15, and zero of 20, respectively. Four of the five abdominopelvic recurrences of disease in the chemotherapy group were among the nine patients who had Ann Arbor stage II disease. CONCLUSION: Chemotherapy lowered the recurrence rate outside the abdomen or pelvis. Patients with stage II disease may benefit most from radiation therapy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)183-187
Number of pages5
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1999


  • Chemotherapy
  • Intestinal neoplasms
  • Lymphoma
  • Lymphoma, therapeutic radiology
  • Lymphoma, therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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