Charles A. Enke, MD | Authors

Radiation for Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphoma: More Questions Than Answers

December 01, 2010

Radiation therapy has an essential role for certain patients with DLBCL. It is hoped that ongoing and future trials will identify the patients who will benefit from this treatment and those for whom it is unnecessary.

New Options in Diagnosis and Management of Mycosis Fungoides and Sézary Syndrome

May 15, 2010

The article entitled “Diagnosis and Management of Mycosis Fungoides” by Shira Galper, Benjamin Smith, and Lynn Wilson is an excellent contemporary summary of the workup and management of mycosis fungoides (MF) and its leukemia variant, Sézary syndrome (SS). In their discussion of the diagnosis and staging of MF and SS, the authors include a discussion of proposed revisions by the International Society for Cutaneous Lymphoma and the European Organisation for the Research and Treatment of Cancer (ISCL/EORTC) which seek to identify prognostic subgroups. In addition, there is a complete overview of the various treatment options for management of MF and SS. This treatment overview closely parallels the 2010 National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Practice Guidelines for MF and SS.

Follicular Lymphoma: Expanding Therapeutic Options

February 01, 2005

The most common indolent lymphoma, follicular lymphoma comprises 35% of adult non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) in the United States and 22% worldwide. Features associated with adverse outcome include age, male gender, disease stage, and performance status, with the International Prognostic Index being the most widely used risk classification system. Long-term disease-free survival is possible in select patient subgroups after treatment, but very late relapses suggest that quiescent lymphoma cells might be harbored for long periods of time. Radiation therapy is the mainstay of treatment for limited-stage follicular lymphoma, but there is some experience with chemotherapy and combined chemoradiation. When to initiate treatment in patients with advanced disease is controversial, but options include various combined chemotherapy regimens, monoclonal antibodies, radiolabeled antibodies, and bone marrow or stem cell transplantation. Future directions in the treatment of follicular lymphoma include vaccines, antisense therapy, and proteasome inhibitors.

Commentary (Enke)-Management of Mycosis Fungoides: Part 2. Treatment

October 01, 2003

Together, parts 1 and 2 of thearticle by Drs. Wilson andSmith on the “Management ofMycosis Fungoides” serve as an excellentreference for the diagnosis andmanagement of this subtype of cutaneousT-cell lymphoma. Part 1, whichdeals with the diagnosis, staging, andprognosis of mycosis fungoides, appearedin the September 2003 issue ofthis journal. Part 2, which deals withtreatment, appears in the current issue.The article is a concise overviewof the numerous treatment strategiesand specific treatments available forvarious stages and presentations ofmycosis fungoides.

Painful Osteoblastic Metastases: The Role of Nuclear Medicine

February 01, 2001

Although bone pain from osteoblastic metastases can be ameliorated 50% to 80% of the time by use of intravenously or orally administered radiopharmaceuticals, we cannot accurately predict who will or will not