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Past, present and future treatment strategies in peripheral T-cell lymphomas

Nodal peripheral T-cell lymphomas (PTCLs) are very aggressive tumors characterized by poor response to conventional chemotherapy and dismal prognosis. Recent evidence has indicated that, at least for patients aged less than 60 years, frontline high-dose chemotherapy followed by autologous stem cell transplantation can be an effective strategy. Unfortunately, however, a significant fraction of patients cannot benefit from this approach, due to age, poor performance status or early relapse. In addition, a percentage of transplanted patients eventually relapse. In this article, based on their experience and on the most recent literature, the authors review the current concept on PTCL treatment, focusing on the most common PTCL nodal subtypes.

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