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Lower Graft-versus-Host Disease and Relapse Risk in Post-Transplant Cyclophosphamide-Based Haploidentical versus Matched Sibling Donor Reduced-Intensity Conditioning Transplant for Hodgkin Lymphoma. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 2019 09;25(9):1859-1868



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2-s2.0-85067280149   23 Citations


Classic Hodgkin lymphoma (cHL) patients with relapsed or refractory disease may benefit from allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT), but many lack a matched sibling donor (MSD). Herein, we compare outcomes of 2 reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) HCT platforms in cHL: T cell-replete related donor haploidentical (haplo) HCT with a post-transplant cyclophosphamide (PTCy)-based approach versus an MSD/calcineurin inhibitor (CNI)-based approach. The study included 596 adult patients who underwent a first RIC allo-HCT for cHL between 2008 and 2016 using either a haplo-PTCy (n = 139) or MSD/CNI-based (n = 457) approach. Overall survival (OS) was the primary endpoint. Secondary endpoints included acute graft-versus-host disease (aGVHD) and chronic GVHD (cGVHD), nonrelapse mortality (NRM), relapse/progression, and progression-free survival (PFS). On multivariate analysis, there was no significant difference between haplo/PTCy and MDS/CNI-based approaches in terms of OS (hazard ratio [HR], 1.07; 95% confidence interval [CI], .79 to 1.45; P = .66) or PFS (HR, .86; 95% CI, .68 to 1.10; P = .22). Haplo/PTCy was associated with a significantly higher risk of grades II to IV aGVHD (odds ratio [OR], 1.73, 95% CI, 1.16 to 2.59; P = .007), but the risk of grades III to IV aGVHD was not significantly different between the 2 cohorts (OR, .61; 95% CI, .29 to 1.27; P = .19). The haplo/PTCy platform provided a significant reduction in cGVHD risk (HR, .45; 95% CI, .32 to .64; P < .001), and a significant reduction in relapse risk (HR, .74; 95% CI, .56 to .97; P = .03). There was a statistically nonsignificant trend toward higher NRM with a haplo/PTCy approach (HR, 1.65; 95% CI, .99 to 2.77; P = .06). Haplo/PTCy-based approaches are associated with lower incidences of cGVHD and relapse, with PFS and OS outcomes comparable with MSD/CNI-based approaches. There was a leaning toward higher NRM with a haplo/PTCy-based platform. These data show that haplo/PTCy allo-HCT in cHL results in survival comparable with MSD/CNI-based allo-HCT.

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Ahmed S, Kanakry JA, Ahn KW, Litovich C, Abdel-Azim H, Aljurf M, Bacher VU, Bejanyan N, Cohen JB, Farooq U, Fuchs EJ, Bolaños-Meade J, Ghosh N, Herrera AF, Hossain NM, Inwards D, Kanate AS, Martino R, Munshi PN, Murthy H, Mussetti A, Nieto Y, Perales MA, Romee R, Savani BN, Seo S, Wirk B, Yared JA, Sureda A, Fenske TS, Hamadani M


Kwang Woo Ahn PhD Associate Professor in the Institute for Health and Equity department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Timothy Fenske MD Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Mehdi H. Hamadani MD Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin

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

Disease-Free Survival
Graft vs Host Disease
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
Hodgkin Disease
Middle Aged
Survival Rate
Tissue Donors
Transplantation Conditioning
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