Mediastinal gray-zone lymphoma

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Note: Mediastinal gray-zone lymphome (MGZL) is considered intermediate between primary mediastinal B-cell lymphoma (PMBL) and nodular sclerosis Hodgkin lymphoma (NSHL). Given that it is treated more similarly to the non-Hodgkin lymphoma, it is included here.



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DA-R-EPOCH: Dose Adjusted Etoposide, Prednisone, Oncovin (Vincristine), Cyclophosphamide, Hydroxydaunorubicin (Doxorubicin), Rituximab

Synonyms: DA-R-EPOCH-R

Structured Concept: C63461 (NCI-T), C1882521 (NCI-MT/UMLS)


Study Evidence
Wilson et al. 2014 Phase II


Supportive medications

21-day cycle for 6 to 8 cycles


  • Start cycle 1 as described above.
  • Obtain CBCs twice per week for nadir measurements.
  • If nadir ANC >500, increase etoposide, doxorubicin, and cyclophosphamide by 20% compared to previous cycle.
  • If nadir ANC <500 on 1 or 2 measurements, use same doses as last cycle.
  • If nadir ANC <500 on at least 3 measurements, decrease etoposide, doxorubicin, and cyclophosphamide by 20% compared to previous cycle.
  • And/or if nadir platelet count <25 on at least 1 measurement, decrease etoposide, doxorubicin, and cyclophosphamide by 20% compared to previous cycle.
  • Dose adjustments below the cycle 1 starting dose only applies to cyclophosphamide. The lowest etoposide and doxorubicin would be dosed at is the original cycle 1 dose.
  • Can start new cycle every 21 days if ANC >1,000 and platelets >100. If counts are below those levels, check daily CBC and continue growth factor support until counts are adequate and next cycle can start.


  1. Wilson WH, Pittaluga S, Nicolae A, Camphausen K, Shovlin M, Steinberg SM, Roschewski M, Staudt LM, Jaffe ES, Dunleavy K. A prospective study of mediastinal gray-zone lymphoma. Blood. 2014 Sep 4;124(10):1563-9. Epub 2014 Jul 14. link to original article contains protocol PubMed


Brentuximab vedotin (Adcetris)

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Study Evidence
Bartlett et al. 2013 Phase II, <20 pts

This regimen was evaluated in patients with CD30+ non-Hodgkin lymphoma, as determined by immunohistochemistry.


21-day cycles, given until progression or unacceptable toxicity


  1. Abstract: Nancy L. Bartlett, MD, Jeff P. Sharman, MD, Yasuhiro Oki, MD, Ranjana H. Advani, MD, Celeste M. Bello, MD, Jane N. Winter, MD, Yin Yang, MS, Dana A. Kennedy, PharmD and Eric D. Jacobsen, MD. A Phase 2 Study Of Brentuximab Vedotin In Patients With Relapsed Or Refractory CD30-Positive Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas: Interim Results In Patients With DLBCL and Other B-Cell Lymphomas. ASH Abstract 848. link to abstract