Mobilization of peripheral blood stem cells with high-dose cyclophosphamide or the DHAP regimen plus G-CSF in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma

V. Pavone, F. Gaudio, A. Guarini, T. Perrone, A. Zonno, P. Curci, V. Liso

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Our study analyzes the mobilization of hematopoietic stem cells after two chemotherapeutic regimens in non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) patients. The study included 72 patients with NHL (42 follicular and 30 large cells). The mean age was 37 years (range 17-60). Sixty-four patients (88.9%) had stage III-IV disease. Forty-eight patients (66.7%) had bone marrow involvement. Systemic B symptoms were present in 42 patients (58.3%). Mobilization chemotherapy regimens were randomly assigned as DHAP in 38 patients (52.7%) or cyclophosphamide (CPM) (5g/m2) in 34 (47.2%) and the results of 132 procedures were analyzed. At the time of PBSC mobilization, 46 patients (63.9%) were considered to be responsive (complete remission, partial remission or sensitive relapse) and 26 (36.1%) not responsive (refractory relapse or refractory to therapy). Pre-apheresis CD34+ blood cell count and number of previous chemotherapy treatments were used to predict the total number of CD34+ cells in the apheresis product. The mobilizing regimens (CPM or DHAP) were similar in achieving the threshold CD34+ cell yield, for optimal engraftment. Since DHAP was very effective as salvage treatment, we suggest using DHAP as a mobilizing regimen in patients with active residual lymphoma at the time of stem cell collection.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)285-290
Number of pages6
JournalBone Marrow Transplantation
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2002



  • CD34cells
  • Mobilizing regimens
  • non-Hodgkin's lymphoma
  • Stem cells

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Transplantation

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