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Survival differences between adolescents/young adults and children with B precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 2013 Jan;19(1):138-42



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2-s2.0-84871918387   28 Citations


Risk-adapted therapy has been the cornerstone of treatment for pediatric B precursor acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL). Recently, age ≥ 13 years at diagnosis has been identified as a very high-risk feature for chemotherapy treated pediatric patients with B-ALL. Whether age at time of transplantation is associated with poor outcomes in adolescents and young adults (AYA) is unknown. We hypothesized that AYA receiving allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT) would have greater relapse and inferior survival compared with children age <13 years. We reviewed the outcomes in 136 consecutive patients (age 0-30 years) with B-ALL who underwent myeloablative allo-HCT at our institution, including 79 children age <13 years (58%) and 57 AYA age 13-30 years (42%). Overall survival at 5 years was significantly lower in the AYA group (hazard ratio, 1.74; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.04-2.95; P = .03). In addition, the AYA patients had a greater risk of transplantation-related mortality at 1 year (hazard ratio, 2.23; 95% CI, 1.01-4.90; P = .05), but no difference in relapse (relative risk, 0.85; 95% CI, 0.41-1.76; P = .66). Based on this analysis, AYA patients undergoing allo-HCT for B-ALL have significantly inferior survival and greater transplantation-related mortality compared with children age <13 years, but no difference in relapse, suggesting that allo-HCT may overcome relapse in AYA. Further improvements in peritransplantation care are needed to limit complications in AYA patients.

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Burke MJ, Gossai N, Wagner JE, Smith AR, Bachanova V, Cao Q, MacMillan ML, Stefanski HS, Weisdorf DJ, Verneris MR


Michael James Burke MD Professor in the Pediatrics department at Medical College of Wisconsin

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

Age Factors
Child, Preschool
Disease-Free Survival
Follow-Up Studies
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
Precursor B-Cell Lymphoblastic Leukemia-Lymphoma
Survival Rate
Time Factors
Transplantation, Homologous
Young Adult