Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is recommended in high-risk patients with T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL). For patients without an HLA-identical donor, haploidentical (haplo-) HCT is becoming the leading source of stem cell donation. However, data are scarce on predictive factors for outcome in that setting. We identified 122 adults (20% female; median age, 31 years; range, 18 to 68 years) with T-ALL who underwent haplo-HCT with post-transplantation cyclophosphamide (ptCy) between 2010 and 2017. The median duration of follow-up of living patients was 23 months. The 2-year incidences of relapse and nonrelapse mortality were 45% and 21%, respectively. The 2-year leukemia-free survival (LFS), overall survival (OS), and graft-versus-host disease, relapse-free survival (GRFS) were 34%, 42%, and 27%, respectively. The 2-year LFS and OS were highly influenced by disease status at transplantation, being 49% and 55%, respectively, for patients in first complete remission (CR1); 34% and 50%, respectively, for those in second CR (CR2); and 8% and 12%, respectively, for patients with active disease. On multivariate analysis, only disease status was found to affect LFS and OS. Transplantation in CR2 negatively affected LFS, whereas active disease at the time of haplo-HCT negatively affected LFS and OS. In conclusion, haplo-HCT with ptCy produced encouraging results in this challenging disease, particularly when performed in patients in CR. Despite the limitation of the small sample size, our results were not affected by the type of conditioning, calling into question the need for total body irradiation-based myeloablative conditioning in that setting.
- Haploidentical stem cell transplantation
- Total body irradiation