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Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for relapsed follicular lymphoma: A combined analysis on behalf of the Lymphoma Working Party of the EBMT and the Lymphoma Committee of the CIBMTR. Cancer 2018 04 15;124(8):1733-1742



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BACKGROUND: Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HCT) remains the only potentially curative treatment option for relapsed follicular lymphoma (FL), yet questions remain about the optimal timing. This study analyzed long-term outcomes and associated factors among recipients of allo-HCT with FL.

METHODS: Patients with relapsed FL who underwent allo-HCT from 2001 to 2011 with a human leukocyte antigen (HLA)-matched donor were included. Outcome analyses for overall survival (OS), progression-free survival (PFS), transplant-related mortality (TRM), and disease relapse/progression were calculated. A multivariate analysis was performed to determine factors associated with outcomes, and a prognostic score for treatment failure was developed in a subset analysis of patients.

RESULTS: In all, 1567 patients with relapsed FL were included; the median follow-up was 55 months. The 5-year probabilities of OS and PFS were 61% and 52%, respectively. The 5-year cumulative incidences of disease progression/relapse and TRM were 29% and 19%, respectively. Chemoresistant disease, older age, heavy pretreatment, poor performance status (PS), and myeloablative protocols were predictors for worse survival. The prognostic score, using age, lines of prior therapy, disease status, and PS, stratified patients into 3 groups-low, intermediate, and high risk-with 5-year PFS rates of 68%, 53%, and 46%, respectively, and 5-year OS rates of 80%, 62%, and 50%, respectively.

CONCLUSIONS: Allo-HCT should be considered for patients with relapsed FL and available HLA-matched donors. Outcomes are better in earlier phases of the disease, and reduced-intensity conditioning should be preferred. The prognostic score presented here can assist in counseling patients and determining the time to proceed to transplantation. Cancer 2018;124:1733-42. © 2018 American Cancer Society.

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Sureda A, Zhang MJ, Dreger P, Carreras J, Fenske T, Finel H, Schouten H, Montoto S, Robinson S, Smith SM, Boumedil A, Hamadani M, Pasquini MC


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
Marcelo C. Pasquini MD, MS Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Mei-Jie Zhang PhD Professor in the Institute for Health and Equity department at Medical College of Wisconsin

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

Disease Progression
Follow-Up Studies
Graft vs Host Disease
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
Kaplan-Meier Estimate
Karnofsky Performance Status
Lymphoma, Follicular
Middle Aged
Myeloablative Agonists
Neoplasm Recurrence, Local
Retrospective Studies
Survival Rate
Time Factors
Tissue Donors
Transplantation Conditioning
Transplantation, Homologous
Treatment Failure
Young Adult
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