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Choice of pretransplant treatment and timing of transplants for chronic myelogenous leukemia in chronic phase. Blood 1993 Oct 01;82(7):2235-8 PMID: 8400272

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We analyzed the outcome of 450 HLA-identical sibling bone marrow transplants for chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) in chronic phase performed between 1985 and 1990 and reported to the International Bone Marrow Transplant Registry (IBMTR). All patients received either hydroxyurea (n = 292) or busulfan (n = 158) to treat their CML before transplant. The median interval between diagnosis and transplant was 10 months (range, 1 to 191). Patients treated with hydroxyurea had a higher probability (95% confidence interval) of leukemia-free survival (LFS) at 3 years than those treated with busulfan (61% [51% to 70%] v 45% [36% to 55%], P < .0003). Probability of LFS was also higher in patients transplanted within 1 year of diagnosis (61% [53 to 68%] v 47% [38% to 57%], P < .001). After adjustment for patient and transplant covariables in a multivariate analysis, prior chemotherapy and duration of disease pretransplant were independently associated with LFS. These data support the use of hydroxyurea rather than busulfan and transplant within 1 year of diagnosis for patients with CML and an HLA-identical sibling.

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Goldman JM, Szydlo R, Horowitz MM, Gale RP, Ash RC, Atkinson K, Dicke KA, Gluckman E, Herzig RH, Marmont A


Mary M. Horowitz MD, MS Center Director, Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin


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MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Actuarial Analysis
Bone Marrow Transplantation
Follow-Up Studies
Leukemia, Myelogenous, Chronic, BCR-ABL Positive
Survival Analysis
Time Factors
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