Medical College of Wisconsin
CTSICores SearchResearch InformaticsREDCap

Utility of single versus tandem autotransplants for advanced testes/germ cell cancer: a center for international blood and marrow transplant research (CIBMTR) analysis. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 2007 Jul;13(7):778-89 PMID: 17580256

Pubmed ID



Tandem autotransplants are used to treat advanced testis cancer patients but their value compared to a single autotransplant is unknown. To evaluate the results of autotransplant in relapsed testicular/germ cell cancer, data from 300 patients undergoing autotransplants 1989-2002 were reported to the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research. We compared results for those patients intended to undergo tandem autotransplant procedures (N = 102) versus patients in whom a second autotransplant was not planned (N = 198). Five-year survival probability was 35% (95% confidence interval = 25%-46%) in the planned tandem transplant cohort compared to 42% (35%-49%) in the group not planned to have a second transplant (P = .29). Probability of progression-free survival at 5 years for these cohorts was 34% (25%-44%) and 38% (31%-45%), respectively (P = .50). The planned tandem autotransplant cohort had significantly more advanced disease at diagnosis and greater likelihood of cisplatin resistance. Patients intended to receive tandem transplants had a lower treatment-related mortality at 1 year (3% versus 10%, P = .02). Using propensity score analysis the planned tandem autotransplant cohort had significantly lower treatment-related mortality (P = .044) but no different risk of relapse (P = .541) compared to the planned single transplant cohort. Tandem autotransplants for testicular cancer are associated with less treatment-related mortality than a planned single transplant, with no differences in disease-related outcomes or overall survival at 3 years. Patient selection bias for either transplant approach, however, may affect the results of this observational study; a randomized trial is needed to determine which approach, if either, is better.

Author List

Lazarus HM, Stiff PJ, Carreras J, Logan BR, Akard L, Bolwell BJ, Childs RW, Gale RP, Klein JP, Lill MC, PĂ©rez WS, Stadtmauer EA, Rizzo JD


Brent R. Logan PhD Director, Professor in the Institute for Health and Equity 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


2-s2.0-34250208443   8 Citations

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

Antineoplastic Agents
Disease-Free Survival
Drug Resistance, Neoplasm
Middle Aged
Neoplasms, Germ Cell and Embryonal
Randomized Controlled Trials as Topic
Retrospective Studies
Stem Cell Transplantation
Survival Rate
Testicular Neoplasms
Transplantation, Autologous
jenkins-FCD Prod-296 4db9d02597e0a2e889e230f853b641c12f1c3ee3