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High curability via intensive reinduction chemotherapy and stem cell transplantation in young adults with relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia in Sweden 2003-2007
Örebro University Hospital, Sweden .
Örebro University Hospital, Sweden .
Linköping University, Department of Clinical and Experimental Medicine, Oncology. Linköping University, Faculty of Health Sciences. Östergötlands Läns Landsting, Centre for Surgery, Orthopaedics and Cancer Treatment, Department of Haematology UHL.
Karolinska University Hospital, Sweden .
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2012 (English)In: Haematologica, ISSN 0390-6078, E-ISSN 1592-8721, Vol. 97, no 9, 1414-1421 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Background less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanA minority of patients with adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia who relapse are rescued. The aim of this population-based study was to assess the results of reinduction treatment and allogeneic stem cell transplantation in patients in second complete remission. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanDesign and Methods less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanBetween 2003-2007, 76 adults (andlt;66 years) with relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Burkitts leukemia excluded) were prospectively reported to The Swedish Adult Acute Leukemia Registry and later evaluated. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanResults less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanReinduction with: (i) mitoxantrone, etoposide, and cytarabine (MEA); (ii) fludarabine, cytarabine, pegylated-asparaginase plus granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (FLAG-Asp); and (iii) cytarabine, betamethasone, cyclophosphamide, daunorubicin, and vincristine (ABCDV) resulted in complete remission in 6/9 (67%), 10/16 (63%) and 9/21 (43%) of the patients, respectively. Allogeneic stem cell transplantation was performed during second complete remission in 29 patients. Multivariate analysis regarding overall survival after relapse revealed that age over 35 years at diagnosis and relapse within 18 months were negative prognostic factors. Overall survival rates at 3 and 5 years were 22% (95% CI: 13-32) and 15% (95% CI: 7-24). Of 19 patients less than 35 years at diagnosis who underwent allogeneic stem cell transplantation in second remission, ten (53%) are still alive at a median of 5.5 years (range, 4.2-8.3) after relapse, whereas all patients over 35 years old at diagnosis have died. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanConclusions less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanAllogeneic stem cell transplantation remains the treatment of choice for young adults with relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Both (i) mitoxantrone, etoposide, and cytarabine and (ii) fludarabine, cytarabine, pegylated-asparaginase plus granulocyte colony-stimulating factor seem effective as reinduction treatments and should be further evaluated. New salvage strategies are needed, especially for patients over 35 years old at diagnosis.

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Ferrata Storti Foundation , 2012. Vol. 97, no 9, 1414-1421 p.
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adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia, relapse, salvage therapy, allogeneic stem cell transplantation, prognostic factors
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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-84743DOI: 10.3324/haematol.2011.057851ISI: 000308908300022OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-84743DiVA: diva2:561492
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