Thalidomide, Cyclophosphamide and Dexamethasone for Recurrent/Refractory Adult Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis

2019-10-15 11:11:11 | BioPortfolio


Langerhans cell histiocytosis (LCH) is a rare, heterogeneous histiocytic disorder occurring most commonly in children. Because of the rarity of LCH in adults and a lack of prospective randomized trials, the treatment strategy for adults is mostly based on pediatric protocols. The overall response rate of therapy based on vinblastine plus prednisone in adults is lower than in children and the treatment tends to show higher toxicity.There is little data to guide therapy after frontline treatment. In a phase 2 trial, thalidomide as monotherapy gave a 70% response rate in recurrent/refractory low risk LCH but there were no responses in six high risk children. We want to analyze the efficacy and toxicity of thalidomide combined with dexamethasone and cyclophosphamide regimens in the treatment of recurrent/refractory LCH among adult patients at our hospital.

Study Design


Langerhans Cell Histiocytosis


thalidomide combined with dexamethasone and cyclophosphamide


Peking Union Medical College Hospital




Peking Union Medical College Hospital

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General term for the abnormal appearance of histiocytes in the blood. Based on the pathological features of the cells involved rather than on clinical findings, the histiocytic diseases are subdivided into three groups: HISTIOCYTOSIS, LANGERHANS CELL; HISTIOCYTOSIS, NON-LANGERHANS-CELL; and HISTIOCYTIC DISORDERS, MALIGNANT.

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