Commentary (Portlock): Chemotherapy of Intermediate-Grade Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma: Is "More" or "Less" Better?
December 01, 1995
The comprehensive review by Drs. Gaynor and Fischer details the historical and prospective data on conventional doxorubicin-based chemotherapy in advanced-stage intermediate grade lymphoma. However, it does not address the question of dose intensity in the era of growth-factor and stem-cell support. As the authors carefully document, modest increases in the dose intensity of conventional agents has translated into little objective gain in curative outcome. The pivotal Intergroup study  has emphasized the value of prospective compararative trials and has established CHOP (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin HCl, Oncovin, and prednisone) as the gold standard of conventional chemotherapy.