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Allogeneic transplantation in elderly patients ≥65 years with non-Hodgkin lymphoma: a time-trend analysis. Blood Cancer J 2019 12 03;9(12):97



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2-s2.0-85075936084   2 Citations


Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT) is a curative therapy for relapsed/refractory and high-risk non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). However, no large studies have evaluated allo-HCT utilization in elderly NHL patients (≥65 years). Using the CIBMTR registry, we report a time-trend analysis of 727 NHL patients (≥65 years) undergoing the first allo-HCT from 2000 to 2015 in the United States (US). Study cohorts were divided by time period: 2000-2005 (N = 76) vs. 2006-2010 (N = 238) vs. 2011-2015 (N = 413). Primary outcome was overall survival (OS). Secondary outcomes included progression-free survival (PFS), relapse/progression (R/P), and non-relapse mortality (NRM). Median age at transplant, use of reduced-intensity conditioning, and graft source remained stable, while use of unrelated donors increased in the most current era. The 1-year probabilities of NRM from 2000 to 2005 vs. 2006-2010 vs. 2011-2015 were 24% vs. 19% vs. 21%, respectively (p = 0.67). Four-year probability of R/P was similar among the three cohorts: 48% (2000-2005), 40% (2006-2010), and 40% (2011-2015) (p = 0.39). The 4-year probabilities of PFS and OS (2000-2005 vs. 2006-2010 vs. 2011-2015) showed significantly improved outcomes in more recent time periods: 17% vs. 31% vs. 30% (p = 0.02) and 21% vs. 42% vs. 44% (p < 0.001), respectively. Utilization of allo-HCT increased in elderly NHL patients in the US since 2000 with improving survival outcomes.

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Shah NN, Ahn KW, Litovich C, Sureda A, Kharfan-Dabaja MA, Awan FT, Ganguly S, Gergis U, Inwards D, Karmali R, Lazaryan A, Lekakis L, Munshi P, Nathan S, Saad AA, Solh M, Steinberg A, Vij R, Wood WA, Fenske TS, Smith S, 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
Nirav N. Shah MD Associate Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin

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

Aged, 80 and over
Drug Resistance, Neoplasm
Graft vs Host Disease
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
Lymphoma, Non-Hodgkin
Neoplasm Grading
Neoplasm Staging
Transplantation, Homologous
Treatment Outcome
jenkins-FCD Prod-486 e3098984f26de787f5ecab75090d0a28e7f4f7c0