Korean J Med.  2023 Oct;98(5):231-240. 10.3904/kjm.2023.98.5.231.

Recent Updates on Diagnosis and Treatment of Follicular Lymphoma

  • 1Department of Hematology, Chonnam National University Hwasun Hospital, Chonnam National University Medical School, Hwasun, Korea


Follicular lymphoma (FL) is the third most common subtype of non-Hodgkin lymphoma in Korea. Patients with FL generally present with asymptomatic lymphadenopathy, which may wax and wane for years and have indolent disease course. Most patients with FL have advanced-stage disease at diagnosis and less than 20% of patients with FL have stage I/II disease. Radiation therapy is generally accepted with the treatment of choice for limited-stage FL and results in 60-80% of 10-year overall survival rates. Patients with advanced-stage FL do not require an immediate treatment unless they have symptomatic disease, compromised end organ function, B symptoms, or cytopenia. The initial treatment of advanced-stage FL recommends rituximab-containing immunochemotherapy followed by 2 years of maintenance with rituximab, or bendamustine plus rituximab is a preferred choice because of superior progression-free survival with less toxicity than other rituximab-containing immunochemotherapy. For patients with relapsed or refractory FL, there are many options ranging from anti-CD20 monoclonal antibody alone to a combination with lenalidomide and chemotherapy or autologous stem cell transplantation. In addition, the novel approaches for relapsed or refractory FL have been applied with phosphoinositide 3-kinase inhibitor, Bruton’s tyrosine kinase inhibitor, enhancer of zeste homolog 2 inhibitor, anti-CD19 chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy and bispecific antibodies.


Lymphoma, follicular; Immunotherapy; Prognosis; 소포림프종; 면역 치료; 예후
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