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First FDA Approval for Newly Diagnosed Types of Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved Adcetris® (brentuximab vedotin) in combination with chemotherapy for the treatment of some peripheral T-cell lymphomas (PTCL). The approval was made through the Real-Time Oncology Review (RTOR) program, a pilot program intended to expedite the approval process by allowing the review team earlier access to clinical trial results. This is the first approval for newly diagnosed PTCL.1,2

This approval was based on results from the ECHELON-2 trial, a phase 3 clinical trial that looked at 452 patients with certain PTCLs.3 Trial participants received either Adcetris plus chemotherapy or a standard chemotherapy regimen known as CHOP (cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisone). People who received the Adcetris and chemotherapy combination had a median progressional free-survival of 48 months, compared to 21 months for the standard chemotherapy regimen.1,3 Progression free-survival, or the length of time that the individual is alive without cancer growing, is frequently used as a measure of treatment effectiveness in clinical trials.

Adcetris is a monoclonal antibody, which is a type of targeted therapy (sometimes also considered an immunotherapy). The drug was previously approved for the treatment of some cases of classical Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL), anaplastic large cell lymphoma (ALCL), and mycosis fungoides.1

What are peripheral T-cell lymphomas?

PTCLs are a rare type of non-Hodgkin lymphoma that impact T-cells. T-cell lymphomas make up about 10-15% of non-Hodgkin lymphoma diagnoses, as B-cell lymphomas are much more common. PTCL is more commonly diagnosed in people over age 60, though younger people and children can develop PTCLs. PTCL also occurs slightly more often in men than women.4

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  1. FDA approves first-line treatment for peripheral T-cell lymphoma under new review pilot. US Food & Drug Administration. Available at Accessed 11/19/18.
  2. FDA Gives Speedy Approval to Brentuximab for Peripheral T-cell Lymphoma. AJMC. Available at Accessed 11/19/18.
  3. Approval in 2 Weeks via FDA's New Oncology Drugs Review. Medscape. Available at Accessed 11/19/18.
  4. Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma Facts. Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Available at Accessed 11/19/18.


  • bluchs
    11 months ago

    This is great news, it is always good to see that there is a medication to help prolong life.
    I have B-Cell Lymphoma, and I take Imbruvica, daily.
    It is suppose to increase, my life span by about 62% to 84%.
    Which is wonderful, truly.
    I pray for more time, and this drug, may just help me with that request?

  • Mrs.Potts
    11 months ago

    This is wonderful news!!

  • Anthony Carrone moderator
    11 months ago

    We agree, @mrs-potts! We keep moving forward in this battle! -Anthony (Team Member)

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