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2986 Comparison of Several Salvage Treatments of Relapsed/Refractory Large B-Cell Lymphoma Including Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-Cell Therapy: A Systematic Review and Meta‐Analysis

Program: Oral and Poster Abstracts
Session: 627. Aggressive Lymphomas: Clinical and Epidemiological: Poster II
Hematology Disease Topics & Pathways:
Research, clinical trials, Lymphomas, Clinical Research, B Cell lymphoma, Diseases, aggressive lymphoma, Therapies, Lymphoid Malignancies
Sunday, December 11, 2022, 6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Jinchul Kim1*, Jinhyun Cho, MD2*, Won Seog Kim, MD, PhD3* and Seok Jin Kim, MD, PhD3

1Department of Hematology-Oncology, Inha University College of Medicine and Hospital, Incheon, South Korea
2Department of Hematology-Oncology, Inha University College of Medicine and Hospital, Incheon, Korea, Republic of (South)
3Division of Hematology-Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine, Samsung Medical Center, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea, Republic of (South)


Patients with relapsed/refractory (R/R) diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) who are ineligible for or failed autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) are known to have a grave prognosis. Several recommended treatments, including chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy (CART) by current guidelines, are available for this patient population, but identifying a better treatment remains elusive. We aimed to determine which study‐level factors and a group of treatments affect clinical outcomes.


We performed a systematic review and meta‐analysis to identify prospective phase II or III clinical studies evaluating the efficacy of treatments for ASCT-failed or ineligible R/R DLBCL. The MEDLINE, Embase, and Cochrane databases, as well as abstracts from international hematology congresses (ASH, ASCO, and EHA), were searched from inception to May 2022. Random effects models were utilized to estimate one-year progression-free survival rate, complete remission rate, and subgroup differences. Meta-regression models were performed with adjustment for relevant covariates, particularly the median number of previous lines of systemic therapy. CART was used as a reference treatment in meta-regression analysis.


Overall, 56 cohorts from 50 studies comprising 3,544 R/R DLBCL patients were included in the pooled analysis. Treatment regimens were divided into nine groups: CART, chemotherapy, lenalidomide-based therapy, ibrutinib-based therapy, tafasitamab-based therapy, polatuzumab plus bendamustine and rituximab (pola-BR), loncastuximab, selinexor, and others. Others mainly consisted of treatments not included in the guidelines. The pooled one-year progression-free survival rate was 0.40 (95% confidence interval [CI] 0.35–0.46) for CART, 0.23 (95% CI 0.16-0.30) for chemotherapy, 0.28 (95% CI 0.19-0.37) for lenalidomide, 0.24 (95% CI 0.14-0.34) for ibrutinib, 0.46 (95% CI 0.37-0.56) for tafasitamab, 0.35(95% CI 0.27-0.43) for pola-BR, 0.26(95% CI 0.19-0.33) for loncastuximab, 0.21 (95% CI 0.15-0.29) for selinexor, and 0.16 (95% CI 0.10-0.21) for others (Figure A). CART was significantly better than others, chemotherapy, lenalidomide, selinexor, and ibrutinib, but loncastuximab, pola-BR, and tafasitamab were shown to have no significant different efficacy with CART, with adjustment for the median number of prior lines of treatment in meta-regression analysis (Table B).


Despite the fact that distinct groups were pooled and analyzed, tafasitamab showed the trend of best efficacy in this patient group, and CART did not demonstrate better effectiveness over tafasitamab, loncastuximab and pola-BR. Due to the study’s heterogeneity, randomized controlled trials are needed to confirm these results.

Disclosures: No relevant conflicts of interest to declare.

*signifies non-member of ASH