• T-cell lymphoma;
  • anaplastic large cell lymphoma;
  • international prognostic index;
  • prognostic factors;
  • tumor score;
  • peripheral T-cell lymphoma;
  • non-Hodgkin lymphoma



T-cell non-Hodgkin lymphomas (T-NHL) are more aggressive and patients have a poorer prognosis compared with patients with the corresponding B-cell lymphomas. Although intensive treatments have been developed, it is unknown whether they are more effective than CHOP chemotherapy (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, oncovorin, and prednisone).


The authors' retrospective study evaluated the clinical outcome of 135 previously untreated patients with T-NHL who were treated at The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX) between 1996 and 2002. Lymphomas with T-cell histologies with the exception of mycosis fungoides were included.


The estimated median overall survival was 46 months. Thirty-seven percent of the patients received CHOP therapy, 48% received intensive therapy, and 15% received other therapy. The estimated 3-year overall survival rates were 62% for the patients treated with CHOP therapy and 56% for the patients who received intensive therapy. After the exclusion of patients with anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), who are known to have a better prognosis than patients with other T-NHLs, the estimated 3-year overall survival rates were 43% for the patients treated with CHOP therapy and 49% for the patients who received intensive therapy. Parameters that may be independent prognostic factors for survival in T-NHL, excluding ALCL, included ECOG performance status ≥ 2, beta-2-microglobulin level > 2 mg/L, lactate dehydrogenase level higher than normal, bulky disease ≥ 7 cm, and a higher international prognostic index and tumor score.


The current study data suggested that patients treated with intensive therapies did not fare better than those treated with CHOP therapy. New treatment regimens need to be developed for patients with T-NHL. Cancer 2005. © 2005 American Cancer Society.