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Leucemia linfoblástica aguda na criança. Experiência de dez anos com o protocolo DFCI 81-01.

By A F de Lacerda, M Chagas, A Neto, E Vieira, M J Ribeiro, F Pereira, A Ambrósio and M Sousinha

Abstract

Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is the most frequently encountered pediatric cancer. Approximately 70% of cases can be cured of the disease. In this article, we describe the experience of our Center in the last ten years with a treatment protocol adapted from protocol DFCI 81-01 (from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston). We conclude that it is easily accomplished, well tolerated and that it allowed us to significantly improve the outcome of our patients (80% 5 year-survival). Nevertheless, we are currently in the process of changing to a new protocol--one that will hopefully achieve a comparable cure rate with less long-term toxicity.Acute lymphoblastic leukemia is the most frequently encountered pediatric cancer. Approximately 70% of cases can be cured of the disease. In this article, we describe the experience of our Center in the last ten years with a treatment protocol adapted from protocol DFCI 81-01 (from the Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston). We conclude that it is easily accomplished, well tolerated and that it allowed us to significantly improve the outcome of our patients (80% 5 year-survival). Nevertheless, we are currently in the process of changing to a new protocol--one that will hopefully achieve a comparable cure rate with less long-term toxicity

Publisher: Ordem dos Médicos
Year: 1999
OAI identifier: oai:ojs.www.actamedicaportuguesa.com:article/2154
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