Excellent outcome of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation using a conditioning regimen with medium-dose VP-16, cyclophosphamide and total-body irradiation for adult patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia.Biol Blood Marrow Transplant. 2008 May; 14(5):568-75.BB
We retrospectively evaluated the outcomes of 37 adult patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) conditioned with medium-dose VP-16 (VP, 30 mg/kg), cyclophosphamide (CY, 120 mg/kg), and fractionated total-body irradiation (TBI, 12 Gy) (medium-dose VP/CY/TBI). The median age of the patients was 26 years. Thirteen patients underwent transplantation from HLA-matched related donors (MRD), 18 patients underwent transplantation from HLA-matched unrelated donors (MUD), and 6 patients underwent transplantation from HLA-mismatched donors (MMD). Thirty-two patients received bone marrow and 4 patients received peripheral blood stem cells. Ten patients were Philadelphia chromosome-positive (Ph(+)) and 35 patients were in complete remission (CR) at transplantation. All of the patients achieved engraftment, and grade 3 organ toxicity before engraftment occurred in 27 patients. Grade II-III acute graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) and chronic GVHD (cGVHD) occurred in 15 and 18 patients, respectively. No patient developed grade IV acute GVHD (aGVHD) or died of GVHD. At median follow-up of 35.1 months, 32 patients were alive and all Ph(+) patients were alive. Three patients died of relapse and 2 died of transplant-related mortality (TRM). The actuarial 3-year overall survival (OS) rate, relapse rate, and TRM rate were 89.2%, 8.1%, and 5.4%, respectively. Non-CR at transplantation, MRD, and no aGVHD were significant adverse prognostic factors for survival. Medium-dose VP/CY/TBI for adult ALL patients was associated with lower relapse rate and no increase in toxicity, resulting in better survival.