Oncology research and treatment

Natural Killer/T Cell Lymphoma, Nasal Type: A Retrospective Clinical Analysis in North-Western China.

PMID 26891121


Extranodal natural killer (NK)/T cell lymphoma (ENKTL) is an aggressive non-Hodgkin's lymphoma with high mortality and poor prognosis despite radiotherapy and chemotherapy. The current analysis aimed to assess the pathological features, clinical features, and prognostic indicators of ENKTL. 120 ENKTL patients were analyzed for pathologic diagnosis and clinical disease manifestations from April 2007 to October 2012. Complete remission, 2-year overall survival, and progression-free survival were analyzed. Compared with the nasal group, a greater percentage of patients in the non-nasal group intended to receive autologous stem cell transplantation had Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) DNA, Ann Arbor stage IV, Ki-67 expression ≥ 60%, and abnormal ferroprotein and β-microglobulin levels. The rate of complete remission in the non-nasal group was higher than that in the nasal group. The overall survival rate was 74.9% at 24 months. Patients receiving chemotherapy and radiotherapy were more likely to have disease progression compared with patients who received chemotherapy or radiotherapy alone. Further understanding the pathological and clinical features of ENKTL will be critical for moving forward. Ki-67, β-microglobulin, EBV DNA, and primary site prognostic indicators may be useful to stratify patients into different risk groups, to gain insight into patient-specific treatments, and to potentially improve survival.