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Hoffmann, R. A wiki for the life sciences where authorship matters. Nature Genetics (2008)

Sequential evaluation of alpha-2b-interferon treatment in 128 patients with hairy cell leukemia.

This multicenter study reports on 128 patients with hairy cell leukemia (HCL) who were treated subcutaneously with alfa-2b interferon (Intron A, Schering Corp, Kenilworth, NJ), three times a week at a dosage of 2 megaunits/m2. Five patients (4%) had a complete response (CR) with virtual eradication of hairy cells from the bone marrow, 98 (77%) showed a partial response (PR), defined as hematologic normalization of all three blood counts associated with decreased hairy cells in the bone marrow, and nine (7%) showed a minor response (MR) that included improvement in at least one measurement of the blood count. Sixteen persons (12%) did not respond. Thirteen of the 128 had had neither a splenectomy nor a CR. Responders who completed 12 months of interferon therapy were randomized to either an additional 6 months of therapy or to observation only. Relapses occurred in six of 35 (18%) randomized to observation alone and in two of 29 (7%) who continued interferon therapy. The relapses are too few to draw conclusions; however, 27 responders have remained off interferon treatment for greater than 6 months; cessation of interferon therapy does not result in a rapid deterioration of peripheral blood counts. In HCL, interferon therapy produced a large percentage of durable objective responses in the majority of patients. The exact duration of this response and the results of retreatment are yet undetermined.[1]


  1. Sequential evaluation of alpha-2b-interferon treatment in 128 patients with hairy cell leukemia. Golomb, H.M., Fefer, A., Golde, D.W., Ozer, H., Portlock, C., Silber, R., Rappeport, J., Ratain, M.J., Thompson, J., Bonnem, E.M. Semin. Oncol. (1987) [Pubmed]
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