Lymphoma expert Dr. Matthew Matasar explains the benefits of seeing a diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) specialist and encourages patients to be partners in their own care.
Dr. Matthew Matasar is a lymphoma expert at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and Chief of Medical Oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Bergen. To learn more about Dr. Matasar, visit here.
Why should DLBCL patients consider seeing a specialist? What are the benefits?
The benefits of a specialist in the treatment of diffuse large B-cell lymphoma is that this field is changing rapidly. Treatments like this R-CHP-pola regimen, we understand that these data are very new reported only months ago but perhaps academic centers may have a greater sophistication or comfort with using these newer data to support the care of our patients.
The second is that there are many important and highly relevant clinical trials that are ongoing as we continue to try to improve outcomes for patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma either receiving their first treatment or for those patients who, unfortunately, suffer relapse. Some of these treatments may only be available at academic centers of excellence and understanding that your options for treatment may be different under the care of an expert in this disease is an important thing to consider when trying weigh how best to approach receiving care.