At the 2019 American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting in Chicago, Matthias Holdhoff, Johns Hopkins University, discusses the treatment options for elderly patients with primary central nervous system (CNS) lymphoma. Dr. Holdhoff explains how over 50% of patients who are diagnosed are 60 years or older. The outcomes for patients who are treated for primary central nervous lymphomas has significantly improved over the last 4 decades, partly due to more aggressive therapies that have been tolerated reasonably well. Dr. Holdhoff then goes on to explain how the term elderly has evolved over time, as patients tend to live longer and comorbidities can be better managed, as well as how giving therapy with high dose methotrexate can very well be tolerated in old or very old patients.
The European Lymphoma Institute is comprised of a network of top European specialists in the field of lymphoma who are dedicated to research, training and education. Together they look to define strategies to analyse and characterize lymphoma and its common diagnostic procedures and therapeutic standards, as well as to facilitate clinical and fundamental research. This all results in the advancement of lymphoma research and it guarantees equal access for all patients to the best possible care.