Reduced intensity allogeneic stem cell transplantation for follicular lymphoma relapsing after an autologous transplant achieves durable long-term disease control: an analysis from the Lymphoma Working Party of the EBMT

S. P. Robinson*, A. Boumendil, H. Finel, H. Schouten, G. Ehninger, Johan Maertens, C. Crawley, A. Rambaldi, N Russell, W. Anders, Didier Blaise, I. Yakoub-Agha, A. Ganser, L. Castagna, L. Volin, Jean-Yves Cahn, Silvia Montoto, Peter Dreger

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Patients with follicular lymphoma (FL) relapsing after an autologous transplant (autoSCT) may be treated with a variety of therapies including a reduced intensity allogeneic transplant (RICalloSCT). We conducted a retrospective analysis of a large cohort of patients undergoing RICalloSCT for FL in this setting.183 patients, median age 45 years (range 21-69), had undergone an autoSCT at a median of 30 months prior to the RICalloSCT. Before the RICalloSCT they had received a median of 4 lines (range 3-10) of therapy and 81% of patients had chemosensitive disease and 16% had chemoresistant disease. Grafts were donated from sibling (47%) or unrelated donors (53%).With a median follow up of 59 months the non-relapse mortality (NRM) was 27% at 2 years. The median remission duration post autoSCT and RICalloSCT were 14 and 43 months respectively. The 5 year relapse/progression rate, progression free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were 16%, 48% and 51% respectively and were associated with age and disease status at RICalloSCT.This data suggests that a RICalloSCT is an effective salvage strategy in patients with FL recurring after a prior autoSCT and might overcome the poor prognostic impact of early relapse after autoSCT.? The Author 2016. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society for Medical Oncology. All rights reserved. For permissions, please email:
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1088-1094
JournalAnnals of Oncology
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2016


  • follicular lymphoma
  • reduced intensity allogeneic stem cell transplant

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