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Diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) is not one disease, but it is at least 3 different diseases. DLBCL can be of different cell origin. The cell origin determines the prognosis in such lymphomas. The cell of origin can be of germinal center B-cell (GCB ) or from Activated B-cells (ABC), or from an in between group �Activated GCB�. The overall survival of DLBCL for 5 years is about 50%. But it is better for DLBCL of �GCB� origin, reaching 67% and much worse for the �ABC� group (16%) and 39% for the �Activated GCB� cell group. The protein expression in the GCB group is CD10, CD38, BCL6 positive; the ABC group is MUM1,CD138, and BCL-2 positive. The �in between group� which is �Activated Germinal center B� cell pattern has at least one of GCB markers (CD10, BCL-6 or CD38) and one activation marker MUM1 or CD138. Within the same group also, the higher the proliferation index (ki-76), the worse is the prognosis

In summary: in each CD20 positive DLBC lymphoma, other markers (CD10, BCL2, BCL6, CD38, CD138, MUM1 and ki-67) should be done to define the prognosis and possibly modify the chemotherapy accordingly

 

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Consultant Pathologist and Cytopathologist

American boards of Anatomic, Clinical Pathology and Cytopathology