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Conditioning regimens for allotransplants for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma: myeloablative or reduced intensity? Blood 2012 Nov 15;120(20):4256-62 PMID: 23007405 PMCID: PMC3501720

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The best conditioning regimen before allogeneic transplantation for high-risk diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) remains to be clarified. We analyzed data from 396 recipients of allotransplants for DLBCL receiving myeloablative (MAC; n = 165), reduced intensity (RIC; n = 143), or nonmyeloablative conditioning (NMAC; n = 88) regimens. Acute and chronic GVHD rates were similar across the groups. Five-year nonrelapse mortality (NRM) was higher in MAC than RIC and NMAC (56% vs 47% vs 36%; P = .007). Five-year relapse/progression was lower in MAC than in RIC/NMAC (26% vs 38% vs 40%; P = .031). Five-year progression-free survival (15%-25%) and overall survival (18%-26%) did not differ significantly between the cohorts. In multivariate analysis, NMAC and more recent transplant year were associated with lower NRM, whereas a lower Karnofsky performance score (< 90), prior relapse resistant to therapy, and use of unrelated donors were associated with higher NRM. NMAC transplants, no prior use of rituximab, and prior relapse resistant to therapy were associated with a greater risk of relapse/progression. In conclusion, allotransplantation with RIC or NMAC induces long-term progression-free survival in selected DLBCL patients with a lower risk of NRM but with higher risk of lymphoma progression or relapse.

Author List

Bacher U, Klyuchnikov E, Le-Rademacher J, Carreras J, Armand P, Bishop MR, Bredeson CN, Cairo MS, Fenske TS, Freytes CO, Gale RP, Gibson J, Isola LM, Inwards DJ, Laport GG, Lazarus HM, Maziarz RT, Wiernik PH, Schouten HC, Slavin S, Smith SM, Vose JM, Waller EK, Hari PN, Lymphoma Working Committee of the CIBMTR


Timothy Fenske MD Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Parameswaran Hari MD Chief, 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

Acute Disease
Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols
Chronic Disease
Combined Modality Therapy
Disease Progression
Disease-Free Survival
Graft vs Host Disease
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
Kaplan-Meier Estimate
Lymphoma, Large B-Cell, Diffuse
Middle Aged
Myeloablative Agonists
Retrospective Studies
Transplantation Conditioning
Transplantation, Homologous
Treatment Outcome
Whole-Body Irradiation
Young Adult
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