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CYTAMTRX(IT)

Cancer Type: Hematologic, Leukemia - Acute Lymphoblastic (ALL), Leukemia - Acute Myeloid (AML), Lymphoma - Non-Hodgkin's High Grade, Lymphoma - Non-Hodgkin's Intermediate Grade  Intent: Curative, Palliative
Regimen Category: Evidence-informed
A - Regimen Name

CYTAMTRX(IT) Regimen
Cytarabine (IT)-Methotrexate (IT)


Disease Site
Hematologic - Leukemia - Acute Lymphoblastic (ALL)
Hematologic - Leukemia - Acute Myeloid (AML)
Hematologic - Lymphoma - Non-Hodgkin's High Grade
Hematologic - Lymphoma - Non-Hodgkin's Intermediate Grade

Intent
Curative
Palliative

Regimen Category
Evidence-informed :

Regimen is considered appropriate as part of the standard care of patients; meaningfully  improves outcomes (survival, quality of life), tolerability or costs compared to alternatives (recommended by the Disease Site Team and national consensus body e.g. pan-Canadian Oncology Drug Review, pCODR).  Recommendation is based on an appropriately conducted phase III clinical trial relevant to the Canadian context OR (where phase III trials are not feasible) an appropriately sized phase II trial. Regimens where one or more drugs are not approved by Health Canada for any indication will be identified under Rationale and Use.

This Regimen Abstract is an abbreviated version of a Regimen Monograph and contains only top level information on usage, dosing, schedule, cycle length and special notes (if available). Information in regimen abstracts is accurate to the extent of the ST-QBP regimen master listings, and has not undergone the full review process of a regimen monograph. Full regimen monographs will be published for each ST-QBP regimen as they are developed.


Rationale and Uses

For the treatment of leukemia or lymphoma with CNS involvement

 
B - Drug Regimen

Schedule and frequency is variable, one option is:

methotrexate
12 mg IT
cytarabine
40 mg IT

 

With or Without

hydrocortisone
15 mg IT

(Methotrexate, cytarabine and hydrocortisone can be admixed in the same syringe.  Also refer to local protocols.)

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C - Cycle Frequency

FREQUENCY IS VARIABLE:  An example would be 2 injections per week for 4 weeks

 
D - Premedication and Supportive Measures

Antiemetic Regimen:

Minimal

Other Supportive Care:

Also refer to CCO Antiemetic Recommendations.

 
J - Administrative Information

Pharmacy Workload (average time per visit)
18.65 minutes
Nursing Workload (average time per visit)
53.333 minutes
 
K - References

Arkenau HT, Chong G, Cunningham D, et al. The role of intrathecal chemotherapy prophylaxis in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma. Ann Oncol 2007;18: 541-545.

Cheung CW, Burton C, Smith P, et al. Central nervous system chemoprophylaxis in non-Hodgkin lymphoma: current practice in the UK. British Journal of Haematology 2005; 131:193-200.

Cytarabine drug monograph, Cancer Care Ontario.

Methotrexate drug monograph, Cancer Care Ontario.

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Clinical Practice Guidelines.  Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, October 2015.

Princess Margaret Cancer Centre Clinical Practice Guidelines.  Acute Myeloid Leukemia, September 2015.

May 2019 Updated emetic risk category


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M - Disclaimer

Regimen Abstracts
A Regimen Abstract is an abbreviated version of a Regimen Monograph and contains only top level information on usage, dosing, schedule, cycle length and special notes (if available). It is intended for healthcare providers and is to be used for informational purposes only. It is not intended to constitute or be a substitute for medical advice, and all uses of the Regimen Abstract are subject to clinical judgment. Such information is provided on an “as-is” basis, without any representation, warranty, or condition, whether express, or implied, statutory or otherwise, as to the information’s quality, accuracy, currency, completeness, or reliability, and Cancer Care Ontario disclaims all liability for the use of this information, and for any claims, actions, demands or suits that arise from such use.
Information in regimen abstracts is accurate to the extent of the ST-QBP regimen master listings, and has not undergone the full review process of a regimen monograph.  Full regimen monographs will be published for each ST-QBP regimen as they are developed.
Regimen Monographs
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