Joseph M. Connors, MD | Authors

Who Should-or Should Not-Receive RT for DLBCL?

December 15, 2014

As we examine the question of which patients with DLBCL do not need RT, the first step must be to confine our review to patients who have received optimal chemotherapy.

The Important Role of Secondary Treatment in Hodgkin Lymphoma

December 18, 2012

It is time to move on to next key steps of improving recognition of treatment-resistant lymphoma at diagnosis, rather than at treatment failure, by optimally employing biomarkers and improving cure rates by integrating powerful but minimally toxic new systemic agents into primary treatment.

Novel Treatments and New Research in Hodgkin Lymphoma

June 09, 2011

In this video interview, Joseph Connors gives an overview of the results presented here at ASCO of the phase II trial of brentuximab vedotin in patients with relapsed or refractory Hodgkin lymphoma, and discusses the most intriguing work currently being done with novel agents used to treat relapsed or refractory Hodgkin lymphoma.

Treatment of Aggressive Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma: A North American Perspective

April 01, 2005

The most common subtype of aggressive non-Hodgkin’s lymphomais diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL). Diffuse large B-cell lymphomarepresents a heterogeneous entity, with 5-year overall survivalrates ranging from 26% to 73%. Microarray gene expression studieshave confirmed that biologically distinct subgroups exist within DLBCL,and can be correlated with outcome. Initial management is usuallyguided by stage of disease at presentation. Approximately 25% of patientswith DLBCL present with limited-stage disease and are treatedwith combined-modality therapy (brief chemotherapy and involved-fieldradiation). Most patients present with advanced-stage disease and requiretreatment with an extended course of chemotherapy. The CHOP(cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin HCl, vincristine [Oncovin], prednisone)chemotherapy regimen has been the mainstay of therapy sinceits development in the 1970s, as more intensive chemotherapy regimensfailed to show additional benefit. The era of monoclonal antibodieshas transformed treatment practices for aggressive lymphoma andhas led to a significant improvement in outcome. A randomized trialcomparing the use of rituximab (Rituxan), a chimeric anti-CD20 IgG1monoclonal antibody, combined with CHOP chemotherapy vs CHOPchemotherapy alone for elderly patients with advanced-stage DLBCLdemonstrated a significant benefit for the combination approach. Thisfinding has now been confirmed in two additional randomized, controlledtrials and a population-based analysis, making CHOP andrituximab the standard of care for all newly diagnosed patients withDLBCL. Despite this advance, newer therapies are needed and manyare under active investigation. The insights gained from molecular techniquessuch as gene expression profiling should permit identificationof additional lymphoma-specific therapeutic targets and the developmentof novel agents that take into account underlying biology andallow for greater tailoring of therapy.

Problems in Lymphoma Management: Special Sites of Presentation

February 01, 1998

The staging and treatment of the common presentations of malignant lymphoma are readily familiar to experienced medical oncologists and hematologists. However, because of their rarity and variable and unusual

Commentary (Connors)-Hodgkin's Disease: Management of First Relapse

February 01, 1996

The management of Hodgkin's disease presents the clinician with several separate opportunities to intervene effectively. Not only is it possible to treat newly diagnosed patients with the knowledge that the majority will be cured, but also one can approach relapse with cautious optimism. Unlike most human neoplasms, Hodgkin's disease can be regularly cured even after relapse has occurred. The article by Drs. Yuen and Horning reviews available data on the outcome of treatment of first relapse of Hodgkin's disease, and summarizes the evidence indicating that relapsed disease can still be cured.