Thirty-five patients with Ph+ CML aged more than 60 years were treated with imatinib. Twenty-four patients (group A) were in late chronic phase (CP) and eleven patients (group B) were in accelerated/blastic phase (AP/BP). In group A, complete haematological response (CHR) was achieved by all patients; seventeen patients (70.8%) attained a complete cytogenetic response (CCR), one (4.1%) attained a partial CR, one (4.1%) a minor CR (Ph+ 70%) and five (21%) were resistant (Ph+ 100%), toxicity was mild: seven patients had a transient cytopenia, three a skin reaction, one a moderate oedema and one muscular pain. After a median follow-up of 15 months, 1 patient died in progression and 23 patients are alive (2 in BP and 21 in persisting response). In group B, one patient died after 3 months in aplastic phase from sepsis, three patients were resistant and seven patients (63.7%) achieved CHR; of these, four obtained CCR. After a median follow-up of 17 months, 4 patients have died from progressive disease, 6 are alive; 1 in AP and 5 in CHR (4 of them being in CCR). Present data indicate that imatinib is safe also in elderly with clinical results as good as in younger patients.
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