Durable remissions of myelodysplastic syndrome and acute myeloid leukemia after reduced-intensity allografting

D. C. Taussig, A. J. Davies, J. D. Cavenagh, H. Oakervee, D. Syndercombe-Court, S. Kelsey, J. A.L. Amess, A. Z.S. Rohatiner, T. A. Lister, Michael J. Barnett

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Purpose: To evaluate the use of reduced-intensity (RI) conditioning with allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) from HLA-identical family donors in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) or acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Patients and Methods: Sixteen patients (median age, 54 years; range, 37 to 66 years) underwent RI-HSCT using a conditioning regimen of fludarabine 25 mg/m2 daily for 5 days and either cyclophosphamide 1 g/m2 daily for 2 days (14 patients) or melphalan 140 mg/m2 for 1 day (two patients). The median number of CD34+ cells and CD3+ cells infused per kilogram of recipient weight was 4.5 × 106 (range, 1.8 to 7.3 × 106 cells) and 2.9 × 106 (range, 0.1 to 9.6 × 108 cells), respectively. Results: There was no transplant-related mortality (TRM) within 100 days of HSCT. Grade 1 to 2 acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) occurred in three patients, but neither grade 3 nor grade 4 disease was observed. Chronic GVHD occurred in 10 patients. One patient had cytomegalovirus (CMV) reactivation but did not develop CMV disease. With a median follow-up of 26 months (range, 15 to 45 months), 11 patients are alive (nine in continuous complete remission and one in complete remission after a second transplantation), and five have died (four from disease progression and one from bone-marrow aplasia induced by cyclosporine withdrawal). The 2-year actuarial overall and event-free survival rates were 69% (95% confidence interval [CI], 40% to 86%) and 56% (95% CI, 30% to 68%), respectively. Conclusion: This strategy of RI-HSCT resulted in reliable engraftment with low incidence of acute GVHD and TRM. Durable remissions were observed in patients with MDS and AML consistent with a graft-versus-leukemia effect.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3060-3065
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number16
StatePublished - 15 Aug 2003
Externally publishedYes


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