Bone marrow transplantation for chronic granulocytic leukemia

A. Bacigalupo, F. Frassoni, M. T. van Lint, D. Occhini, P. A. Pittaluga, M. Repetto, G. Piaggio, M. Sessarego, A. Caimo, A. Congiu

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Thirty patients with chronic granulocytic leukemia (CGL), were given cyclophosphamide 60 mg/kg on each of 2 consecutive days, followed by total body irradiation (TBI) 10 Gy and an HLA-identical bone marrow transplant (BMT). Eleven patients were in the accelerated phase of their disease (CGLacc) or in second/secondary chronic phase (CGL-2CP), with a median age of 33 years: 4 patients died of transplant related complications, and 4 of recurrent leukemia; 3 patients are alive and well 19, 31, 33 months from BMT. The actuarial 33-month survival is 27%. The actuarial relapse rate is 50%. Nineteen patients were in their first chronic phase (1CP), with a median age of 32 years: 3 died of graft versus host disease (GvHD), 2 of infection, and 2 of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS); 12 are alive and well 6 to 29 months post-BMT. The actuarial 29-month survival is 63%. The actuarial survival of patients younger than 30 years is 63%, compared to 62% for patients older than 30 (P = 0.1). The survival of patients grafted within or after 24 months from the onset of CGL is respectively 87% and 45% (P = 0.04). None of the patients grafted in 1CP had a true hematologic-cytogenetic relapse. The Ph' chromosome was detected on one occasion in 2 patients 12, 13 months post-BMT: they both remain hematologically normal and Ph1-negative 3 to 6 months later, after discontinuation of cyclosporin A. This study confirms that survival exceeding 60% can be obtained in CGL in the first chronic phase, whereas less than 30% of patients will survive if grafted in accelerated, second/secondary chronic phase, mainly because of leukemic relapse. The duration of the disease seems to be relevant to the outcome of the transplant. The effect of post-transplant immunosuppression, in our case cyclosporin A, on the interaction between normal and Ph1-positive hemopoietic cells, may deserve further attention.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2307-2311
Number of pages5
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - 1986

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Oncology

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