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Impact of conditioning regimen on outcomes for patients with lymphoma undergoing high-dose therapy with autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 2015 Jun;21(6):1046-1053 PMID: 25687795 PMCID: PMC4426014

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There are limited data to guide the choice of high-dose therapy (HDT) regimen before autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (AHCT) for patients with Hodgkin (HL) and non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). We studied 4917 patients (NHL, n = 3905; HL, n = 1012) who underwent AHCT from 1995 to 2008 using the most common HDT platforms: carmustine (BCNU), etoposide, cytarabine, and melphalan (BEAM) (n = 1730); cyclophosphamide, BCNU, and etoposide (CBV) (n = 1853); busulfan and cyclophosphamide (BuCy) (n = 789); and total body irradiation (TBI)-containing treatment (n = 545). CBV was divided into CBV(high) and CBV(low) based on BCNU dose. We analyzed the impact of regimen on development of idiopathic pulmonary syndrome (IPS), transplantation-related mortality (TRM), and progression-free and overall survival. The 1-year incidence of IPS was 3% to 6% and was highest in recipients of CBV(high) (hazard ratio [HR], 1.9) and TBI (HR, 2.0) compared with BEAM. One-year TRM was 4% to 8%, respectively, and was similar between regimens. Among patients with NHL, there was a significant interaction between histology, HDT regimen, and outcome. Compared with BEAM, CBV(low) (HR, .63) was associated with lower mortality in follicular lymphoma (P < .001), and CBV(high) (HR, 1.44) was associated with higher mortality in diffuse large B cell lymphoma (P = .001). For patients with HL, CBV(high) (HR, 1.54), CBV(low) (HR, 1.53), BuCy (HR, 1.77), and TBI (HR, 3.39) were associated with higher mortality compared with BEAM (P < .001). The impact of specific AHCT regimen on post-transplantation survival is different depending on histology; therefore, further studies are required to define the best regimen for specific diseases.

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Chen YB, Lane AA, Logan B, Zhu X, Akpek G, Aljurf M, Artz A, Bredeson CN, Cooke KR, Ho VT, Lazarus HM, Olsson R, Saber W, McCarthy P, Pasquini MC


Brent R. Logan PhD Director, Professor in the Institute for Health and Equity department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Marcelo C. Pasquini MD, MS Associate Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Wael Saber MD, MS Associate 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

Aged, 80 and over
Drug Administration Schedule
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
Hodgkin Disease
Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin
Middle Aged
Myeloablative Agonists
Retrospective Studies
Survival Analysis
Transplantation Conditioning
Transplantation, Autologous
Whole-Body Irradiation
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