It is known that the topoisomerase II inhibitors, MST-16 (sobuzoxane) and VP-16 (etoposide), are effective for the treatment of lymphoma. Five patients with refractory or relapsed non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) were treated with a combination of oral MST-16 and VP-16 over a long period. Two patients had severely refractory NHL. The remaining 3 patients could not be treated with intensive chemotherapy because of severe organ dysfunction or a poor hematopoietic reserve. All 5 are alive and well after MST-16 and VP-16 treatment. MST-16 and VP-16 are effective for NHL when intensive chemotherapy is ineffective or contraindicated.

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