Periocular cutaneous anaplastic large cell lymphoma clearance with brentuximab vedotin

J Clin Aesthet Dermatol. 2013 Aug;6(8):29-31.

Abstract

The treatment options for primary cutaneous anaplastic large cell lymphoma are numerous, including excision, external beam radiation, methotrexate, and chemotherapy. In patients with recalcitrant tumors, alternative options may be necessary. The authors report a 60-year-old man with a 6cm primary cutaneous anaplastic large cell lymphoma located on the right cheek, near the eye. After failing four months of methotrexate, and due to concern for ocular radiation toxicity, the patient started brentuximab vedotin, an anti-CD30 antibody-drug conjugate. With two cycles of brentuximab vedotin, he had a complete response that was histologically confirmed. Six months after a total of four cycles, he remains clear. He experienced no side effects other than a mild infusion reaction. Brentuximab vedotin may be an effective option for primary cutaneous anaplastic large cell lymphoma in patients with large tumors in cosmetically sensitive areas, those who have not responded to conventional therapy, or those who have contraindications to radiation therapy. Optimal dosing for primary cutaneous anaplastic large cell lymphoma and long-term outcomes are not currently known.