Publications by authors named "Erika Meli"

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Safety and efficacy of netupitant/palonosetron and dexamethasone in classical Hodgkin's lymphoma patients with inadequate chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting prophylaxis with palonosetron and dexamethasone: a single-center real-life experience.

Int J Hematol Oncol 2020 Feb 28;9(1):IJH23. Epub 2020 Feb 28.

Division of Hematology, ASST Grande Ospedale Metropolitano Niguarda, Milan, Italy.

We analyzed safety of NEPA (netupitant/palonosetron) and dexamethasone (NEPA+DEX) for the management of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) in classical Hodgkin's lymphoma patients that experienced CINV with a prophylaxis with palonosetron (PALO + DEX). In a retrospective, monocentric, noncomparative study, we analyzed adverse events and CINV grading in patients who switched from PALO + DEX to NEPA + DEX. Among 32 patients treated with ABVD (doxorubicin, bleomycin, vinblastine, dacarbazine) during the study period, 47% did not properly control CINV with PALO + DEX and were shifted to NEPA + DEX. Among these, 53.3% properly controlled CINV is for all the remaining chemotherapy cycles. We did not observe an increase of adverse events after switching to NEPA. In our study, NEPA did not show drug-drug interaction with ABVD (doxorubicin, bleomycin, vinblastine, dacarbazine) chemotherapy agents and NEPA administration was well tolerated with mild and transient adverse events.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.2217/ijh-2020-0001DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC7204612PMC
February 2020

The classic prognostic factors in advanced Hodgkin's lymphoma patients are losing their meaning at the time of Pet-guided treatments.

Ann Hematol 2020 Feb 23;99(2):277-282. Epub 2019 Dec 23.

Policlinico S.Orsola-Malpighi, Istituto di Ematologia "Seragnoli", Bologna, Italy.

The International Prognostic Score (IPS) is the most commonly used risk stratification tool for patients with advanced Hodgkin lymphoma (HL). It incorporates seven clinical parameters independently associated with a poorer outcome: male sex, age, stage IV, hemoglobin level, white blood cell and lymphocyte counts, and albumin level. Since the development of the IPS, there have been significant advances in therapy and supportive care. Recent studies suggest that the IPS is less discriminating due to improved outcomes with ABVD therapy. The aim of the present study was to asses if classic prognostic factors maintain their prognostic meaning at the time of response-adapted treatment based on interim PET scans. We evaluated the prognostic significance of IPS in the 520 advanced stage HL patients enrolled in the PET-guided, HD0801 trial in which PET2-positive patients underwent a more intense treatment with an early stem-cell transplantation after 2 cycles of ABVD. We observed that in these patients, the IPS completely loses its prognostic value together with all the single parameters that contribute to the IPS. Furthermore, neutrophils, monocytes, lymphocytes, and the ratio among them also no longer had any predictive value. We believe that the substantial improvement in survival outcomes in PET2-positive patients treated with early autologous transplantation could explain the complete disappearance of the residual prognostic significance of the IPS.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s00277-019-03893-7DOI Listing
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6976582PMC
February 2020

Outcome of transformed follicular lymphoma worsens according to the timing of transformation and to the number of previous therapies. A retrospective multicenter study on behalf of Fondazione Italiana Linfomi (FIL).

Br J Haematol 2019 05 21;185(4):713-717. Epub 2019 Feb 21.

Haematology, ASST Spedali Civili di Brescia, Brescia, Italy.

Optimal treatment for transformed follicular lymphoma (tFL) is not fully defined. Clinical characteristics and treatments that impact on post-transformation outcome of 176 biopsy-proven tFL were analysed. Transformation occurred at initial diagnosis in 52% (Group 1) and after a FL diagnosis in 48% (Group 2). Five-year overall survival was 84% for Group 1 and 51% for Group 2 (P < 0·001). In Group 1, 5-year progression-free survival was superior after rituximab maintenance compared to observation only (94% vs. 53%, P = 0·024). In Group 2, an inverse trend was found between survival and both a higher number of pre-transformation treatment lines and a short time-to-transformation.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/bjh.15816DOI Listing
May 2019

Impact of treatment-related liver toxicity on the outcome of HCV-positive non-Hodgkin's lymphomas.

Am J Hematol 2010 Jan;85(1):46-50

Divison of Hematology, Fondazione IRCCS Policlinico S. Matteo, University of Pavia, Viale Golgi 19, Pavia, Italy.

We studied 160 Hepatitis C virus (HCV)-positive patients with NHL (59 indolent NHL, 101 aggressive). Median age was 67 years. HCV-RNA was present in 146. HBsAg was positive in seven patients. At diagnosis, ALT value was above UNL in 67 patients. One hundred and twenty patients received an anthracycline-based therapy, alkylators, 28 received chemotherapy plus rituximab. Cytotoxic drugs dose was reduced in 63 patients. Among 93 patients with normal ALT at presentation, 16 patients developed WHO grade II-III liver toxicity. Among 67 patients with abnormal ALT, eight patients had a 3.5 times elevation during treatment. Among 28 patients treated with rituximab and chemotherapy, five patients (18%) developed liver toxicity. Thirty four patients (21%) did not complete treatment (eight for liver toxicity). Median progression-free survival (PFS) for patients who experienced liver toxicity is significantly shorter than median PFS of patients without toxicity (respectively, 2 years and 3.7 years, P = 0.03). After a median F-UP of 2 years, 32 patients died (three for hepatic failure). A significant proportion of patients with HCV+ NHL develop liver toxicity often leading to interruption of treatment. This could be a limit to the application of immunochemotherapy programs. HCV+ lymphomas represent a distinct clinical subset of NHL that deserves specific clinical approach to limit liver toxicity and ameliorate survival.
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http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/ajh.21564DOI Listing
January 2010