Treatment advances in adult Burkitt lymphoma and leukemia

Yvette L. Kasamon, Lode J. Swinnen

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Purpose of review: Despite significant improvements in the treatment of Burkitt lymphoma, outcomes of adults are generally inferior to those of children. This review summarizes the most recent developments in the management of Burkitt lymphoma and leukemia in adults. Recent findings: Current regimens have largely been derived from pediatric protocols. High complete remission rates are typically achieved, but relapse remains a problem. Recent trials have validated or built upon findings from older studies. Summary: The adoption of aggressive, multiagent, short-course therapy has markedly improved outcomes, but relapse rates remain relatively high in poorer-risk cohorts. New approaches are particularly needed in older patients to improve survival rates while minimizing toxicities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)429-435
Number of pages7
JournalCurrent opinion in oncology
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 1 2004


  • Burkitt lymphoma
  • Burkitt-like lymphoma
  • L3 acute lymphoblastic leukemia

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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