Continuous infusion vincristine and bleomycin with high dose methotrexate for resistant non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
Sixteen patients with resistant non-Hodgkin's lymphoma were treated with continuous infusions of vincristine (1-2 mg/m2 daily X 2 days) and bleomycin (0.25 mg/kg bolus dose, then 0.25 mg/kg/daily X 5 days). Responding patients received high dose methotrexate (1500 mg/m2) with citrovorum rescue on days 15, 22, 29, 36. Treatment cycles were repeated every six weeks in responding patients. The response frequency was 50% (three complete and five partial responses). Median response duration was 29 weeks. Major toxicity included stomatitis (63%) and leukopenia (44%). One episode each of possible hypersensitivity pneumonitis and paralytic ileus occurred. Continuous infusions of vincristine and bleomycin should be studied further in less critically ill patients.