Fifty patients with high-risk hematologic malignancies, underwent an unmanipulated haploidentical bone marrow transplantation (BMT), followed by posttransplantation high-dose cyclophosphamide (PT-CY): the myeloablative (MA) conditioning consisted of thiotepa, busulfan, fludarabine (n = 35), or total body irradiation (TBI), fludarabine (n = 15). The median age was 42 years (range, 18-66 years); 23 patients were in remission, 27 had active disease, and 10 patients were receiving a second allograft. Graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) prophylaxis consisted in PT-CY on day +3 and +5, cyclosporine (from day 0), and mycophenolate (from day +1). Three patients died before engraftment, and 2 patients had autologous recovery: 45 patients (90%) had full-donor chimerism on day +30. The median day for neutrophil engraftment was day +18 (range, 13-30 days). The cumulative incidence of grade II-III acute GVHD (aGVHD) was 12%, and of moderate chronic GVHD (cGVHD) 10%. With a median follow-up for surviving patients of 333 days (range, 149-623 days), the cumulative incidence of transplantation-related mortality (TRM) was 18%, and the rate of relapse was 26%. The actuarial 22-month disease-free survival (DFS) rate was 68% for patients in remission and 37% for patients with active disease (P <.001). Causes of death were pneumonia (n = 3), hemorrhage (n = 3), sepsis (n = 3), and relapse (n = 7). In conclusion, an MA conditioning regimen followed by haploidentical BMT with PT-CY results in a low risk of aGVHD and cGVHD and encouraging rates of TRM and DFS.
- Acute leukemia
- Allogeneic stem cell transplant
- Haploidentical transplantations
- Posttransplantation cyclophosphamide
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