The usual approach for patients, with MCL ≤ 70 years of age, who are not in a study is treatment with a combination of FDA approved drugs including chemotherapy regimens that contain high dose cytarabine and rituximab (an immune therapy). There is not one standard treatment approach that is proven to help patients, with MCL ≤ 70 years of age live longer. Younger people with MCL often undergo autologous stem cell transplantation.
If you decide to take part in this study, you will receive one of the following drug combinations for six cycles with a cycle length of 28 days for a total of 6 months of treatment or until your disease gets worse or the side effects become too severe:
After you finish your study treatment, your doctor will continue to follow your condition for 10 years and watch you for side effects. You will see your doctor every 3 months for 3 years, and then every 6 months until the end of the 10 year period. You should discuss with your doctor how to treat your MCL after you complete this protocol.