A lymphatic cancer involving the skin. This will be a clearinghouse of information, abstracts, studies and support. I am a thirteen year survivor of Cuatneous B Cell lymphoma and 56 year survivor of hereditary lymphedema.
Am old enough to understand the difference between the Bay of Pigs - and roasting a pig at a epicurian feast. Been thru the hippy, yippie and yuppie years - always remaining who I am.
Very much believe in "Sing your own song - weave your own tapestry"
Am young enough to still know the thrill of new discoveries, the beauty of the evening, to celebrate the joy of another tommorow.
Survived these many decades with a severe medical problems. Sorting out the maze of now having two lymphomas and all their nasty little companions, but I continue.
Besides, being a simple iconoclastic eclectic, have been called many things. An incurable romanticist - with a strong touch of reality. Thinker, intellectual (God, how I hate that term) - been told I am a lion with the heart of the poet.
Know how to wage war and conquer my foes - but would rather be known as one who brings hope and life. To bring hope into anothers life is the ultimate of joys.
Life should be about bringing hope, peace, vision... a sense of purpose beyond yourself.
< Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Colorado, Aurora.
To evaluate the efficacy and safety of romidepsin in refractory cutaneous T-cell lymphoma (CTCL).
An English-language literature search of PubMed and MEDLINE (Nov 2011-April 2012) was performed using the terms romidepsin, CTCL, and depsipeptide (FK228). The National Comprehensive Cancer Network guidelines, American Society of Clinical Oncology abstracts, American Society of Hematology abstracts, clinical trial registry, and prescribing information from the manufacturer were reviewed for additional information.
STUDY SELECTION AND DATA EXTRACTION:
Phase 1 and 2 trials evaluating the efficacy and safety of romidepsin were reviewed with a specific focus on its use in cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. All peer-reviewed articles with clinically relevant information were evaluated for inclusion.
In advanced stage CTCL, single or combination chemotherapy regimen responses are variable and lack durability. Romidepsin is a histone deacetylase inhibitor approved for refractory cutaneous T-cell lymphoma. Romidepsin has shown an improvement in duration of response and pruritus over traditional therapy. In 2 independent Phase 2 trials, romidepsin showed an overall response rate of 34% and durable response of 13-15 months in patients with refractory CTCL. The most frequent toxicities of romidepsin include nausea, vomiting, fatigue, or myelosuppression. Clinically insignificant QT interval changes have been observed but did not correlate with a decrease in left ventricular ejection fraction, or elevated laboratory markers of myocardial damage.
Romidepsin is an effective, durable, and well-tolerated single-agent therapy in patients with refractory CTCL and should be considered for formulary addition in this population.