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Autotransplants for Hodgkin's disease in first relapse or second remission: a report from the autologous blood and marrow transplant registry (ABMTR). Bone Marrow Transplant 2001 Feb;27(4):387-96 PMID: 11313668

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Although patients with relapsed Hodgkin's disease have a poor prognosis with conventional therapies, high-dose chemotherapy and autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (autotransplantation) may provide long-term progression-free survival. We reviewed data from the Autologous Blood and Marrow Transplant Registry (ABMTR) to determine relapse, disease-free survival, overall survival, and prognostic factors in this group of patients. Detailed records from the ABMTR on 414 patients with Hodgkin's disease in first relapse (n = 295) or second complete remission (CR) (n = 119) receiving an autotransplant from 1989 to 1995 were reviewed. Median age was 29 (range, 7-64) years. Median time from diagnosis to relapse was 18 (range, 6-219) months; median time from relapse to transplant was 5 (range, <1-215) months. Most patients received high-dose chemotherapy without total body irradiation for conditioning (n = 370). The most frequently used high-dose regimen was cyclophosphamide, BCNU, VP-16 (CBV) (n = 240). The graft consisted of bone marrow (n = 246), blood stem cells (n = 112), or both (n = 56). Median follow-up was 46 (range, 5-96) months. One hundred-day mortality (95% confidence interval) was 7 (5-9)%. One hundred and sixty-five of 295 patients (56%) transplanted in relapse achieved CR after autotransplantation. Of these, 61 (37%) recurred. Twenty-four of 119 patients (20%) transplanted in CR recurred. The probability of disease-free survival at 3 years was 46 (40-52)% for transplants in first relapse and 64 (53-72)% for those in second remission (P < 0.001). Overall survival at 3 years was 58 (52-64)% after transplantation in first relapse and 75 (66-83)% after transplantation in second CR (P < 0.001). In multivariate analysis, Karnofsky performance score <90% at transplant, abnormal serum LDH at transplant, and chemotherapy resistance were adverse prognostic factors for outcome. Progression of Hodgkin's disease accounted for 69% of all deaths. Autotransplantation should be considered for patients with Hodgkin's disease in first relapse or second remission. Future investigations should focus on strategies designed to decrease relapse after autotransplantation, particularly in patients at high risk for relapse.

Author List

Lazarus HM, Loberiza FR Jr, Zhang MJ, Armitage JO, Ballen KK, Bashey A, Bolwell BJ, Burns LJ, Freytes CO, Gale RP, Gibson J, Herzig RH, LeMaistre CF, Marks D, Mason J, Miller AM, Milone GA, Pavlovsky S, Reece DE, Rizzo JD, van Besien K, Vose JM, Horowitz MM


Mary M. Horowitz MD, MS Center Director, Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin
J. Douglas D. Rizzo MD, MS Director, Ctr Associate Director, Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Mei-Jie Zhang PhD Professor in the Institute for Health and Equity department at Medical College of Wisconsin


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

Cause of Death
Disease-Free Survival
Follow-Up Studies
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
Hodgkin Disease
Middle Aged
Multivariate Analysis
Remission Induction
Survival Rate
Transplantation Conditioning
Transplantation, Autologous
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