Outcome of Lower-Intensity Allogeneic Transplantation in Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma after Autologous Transplantation Failure

Cesar O. Freytes, Mei-Jie Zhang, Jeanette Carreras, Linda J. Burns, Robert Peter Gale, Luis Isola, Miguel-Angel Perales, Matthew Seftel, Julie M. Vose, Alan M. Miller, John Gibson, Thomas G. Gross, Philip A. Rowlings, David J. Inwards, Santiago Pavlovsky, Rodrigo Martino, David I. Marks, Gregory A. Hale, Sonali M. Smith, Harry C. SchoutenSimon Slavin, Thomas R. Klumpp, Hillard M. Lazarus, Koen van Besien, Parameswaran N. Hari*

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We studied the outcome of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation after lower-intensity conditioning regimens (reduced-intensity conditioning and nonmyeloablative) in patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma who relapsed after autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation. Nonrelapse mortality, lymphoma progression/relapse, progression-free survival (PFS), and overall survival were analyzed in 263 patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma. All 263 patients had relapsed after a previous autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplantation and then had undergone allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation from a related (n = 26) or unrelated (n = 237) donor after reduced-intensity conditioning (n = 128) or nonmyeloablative (n = 135) and were reported to the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research between 1996 and 2006. The median follow-up of survivors was 68 months (range, 3-111 months). Three-year nonrelapse mortality was 44% (95% confidence interval [CI], 37%-50%). Lymphoma progression/relapse at 3 years was 35% (95% CI, 29%-41%). Three-year probabilities of PFS and overall survival were 21% (95% CI, 16%-27%) and 32% (95% CI, 27%-38%), respectively. Superior Karnofsky Performance Score, longer interval between transplantations, total body irradiation-based conditioning regimen, and lymphoma remission at transplantation were correlated with improved PFS. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation after lower-intensity conditioning is associated with significant nonrelapse mortality but can result in long-term PFS. We describe a quantitative risk model based on pretransplantation risk factors to identify those patients likely to benefit from this approach. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 18: 1255-1264 (2012)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1255-1264
JournalBiology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Issue number8
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2012


  • Allogeneic
  • Relapse
  • Reduced-intensity

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