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Autologous stem-cell transplantation for Hodgkin's disease: results and prognostic factors in 494 patients from the Grupo Español de Linfomas/Transplante Autólogo de Médula Osea Spanish Cooperative Group

Sureda A, Arranz R, Iriondo A, Carreras E, Lahuerta JJ, García-Conde J, Jarque I, Caballero MD, Ferrà C, López A, García-Laraña J, Cabrera R, Carrera D, Ruiz-Romero MD, León A, Rifón J, Díaz-Mediavilla J, Mataix R, Morey M, Moraleda JM, Altés A, López-Guillermo A, de la Serna J, Fernández-Rañada JM, Sierra J, Conde E; Grupo Español de Linformas/Transplante Autólogo de Médula Osea Spanish Cooperative Group.
Clinical Hematolgy Division, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, St Antoni Maria Claret, Barcelona, Spain

Magazine: Journal of Clinical Oncology

Date: Mar 1, 2001

Haematology and Hameotherapy

PURPOSE
To analyze clinical outcome and significant prognostic factors for overall (OS) and time to treatment failure (TTF) in a group of 494 patients with Hodgkin's disease (HD) undergoing autologous stem-cell transplantation (ASCT).

PATIENTS AND METHODS
Detailed records from the Grupo Español de Linfomas/Transplante Autólogo de Médula Osea Spanish Cooperative Group Database on 494 HD patients who received an ASCT between January 1984 and May 1998 were reviewed. Two hundred ninety-eight males and 196 females with a median age of 27 years (range, 1 to 63 years) received autografts while in complete remission (n = 203) or when they had sensitive disease (n = 206) or resistant disease (n = 75) at a median time of 26 months (range, 4 to 259 months) after diagnosis. Most patients received high-dose chemotherapy without radiation for conditioning (n = 443). The graft consisted of bone marrow (n = 244) or peripheral blood (n = 250).

RESULTS
The 100-day mortality rate was 9%. The 5-year actuarial TTF and OS rates were 45.0% (95% confidence interval [CI], 39.5% to 50.5%) and 54.5% (95% CI, 48.4% to 60.6%), respectively. In multivariate analysis, the presence of active disease at transplantation, transplantation before 1992, and two or more lines of therapy before transplantation were adverse prognostic factors for outcome. Sixteen patients developed a secondary malignancy (5-year cumulative incidence of 4.3%) after transplantation. Adjuvant radiotherapy before transplantation, the use of total-body irradiation (TBI) in the conditioning regimen, and age > or = 40 years were found to be predictive factors for the development of second cancers after ASCT.

CONCLUSION
ASCT achieves long-term disease-free survival in HD patients. Disease status before ASCT is the most important prognostic factor for final outcome; thus, transplantation should be considered in early stages of the disease. TBI must be avoided in the conditioning regimen because of a significantly higher rate of late complications, including secondary malignancies.

CITATION  J Clin Oncol. 2001 Mar 1;19(5):1395-404

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