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Alert Number 143

RF Risks and Benefits

Date: January 6, 2006

Two guys walk into an oncologist’s office. Both have CLL, both decide that RF (Rituxan + fludarabine) therapy is the way to go. Both get a “CR” — a complete response. So far so good.

Here is where it gets interesting. Since both of our guys got the same response at the end of the RF therapy, namely a CR, do you think they are likely to be in remission for the same length of time, and even more important, they will stay alive for the same length of time? A rose by any name smells as sweet, but does a CR give all patients the same benefit?

The answer might surprise you. The latest paper out of Ohio State University says crucial statistics such as “progression free survival” and “overall survival” are partly baked into the cake even before the patient gets the first shot of RF therapy.

This is a must read paper if you are considering RF therapy now or in the future. You can read our review of it on RF Risks and Benefits.

Be well,


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