We report a randomized study comparing fludarabine in combination with busulfan (FB) or thiotepa (FT), as conditioning regimen for hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in patients with myelofibrosis. The primary study endpoint was progression-free survival (PFS). Sixty patients were enrolled with a median age of 56 years and an intermediate-2 or high-risk score in 65%, according to the Dynamic International Prognostic Staging System (DIPSS). Donors were HLA-identical sibling (n = 25), matched unrelated (n = 25) or single allele mismatched unrelated (n = 10). With a median follow-up of 22 months (range, 1 to 68 months), outcomes at 2 years after HSCT in the FB arm versus the FT arm were as follows: PFS, 43% versus 55% (P =.28); overall survival (OS), 54% versus 70% (P =.17); relapse/progression, 36% versus 24% (P =.24); nonrelapse mortality (NRM), 21% in both arms (P =.99); and graft failure, 14% versus 10% (P =.96). A better PFS was observed in patients with intermediate-1 DIPSS score (P =.03). Both neutrophil engraftment and platelet engraftment were significantly influenced by previous splenectomy (hazard ratio [HR], 2.28; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.16 to 4.51; P =.02) and splenomegaly at transplantation (HR, 0.51; 95% CI, 0.27 to 0.94; P =.03). In conclusion, the clinical outcome after HSCT was comparable when using either a busulfan or thiotepa based conditioning regimen.
- Allogeneic stem cell transplantation
- Reduced-intensity conditioning regimen
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