Dr. John Leonard on Treatment Options in Follicular Lymphoma

John Leonard, MD, discusses the number of options doctors have to choose from when treating follicular lymphomas.

John Leonard, MD, medical oncologist, Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, discusses the number of options doctors have to choose from when treating follicular lymphomas. Leonard says some of the more common and older options for these patients are the anti-CD20 antibody rituximab and bendamustine, with the latter being used especially if the patient had not previously received it in combination with rituximab.

Leonard says in addition to those treatments, the anti-body obinutuzumab has also been approved in patients with rituximab refractory relapsed follicular lymphoma. Data for idelalisib, a PI3 kinase inhibitor that can work in rituximab refractory patients, and RCHOP chemotherapy is another option, are also viable options, according to Leonard.