Autologous stem cell transplantation followed by non-myeloablative allogeneic procedure for oncohaematologic patients

G. Salas, M. Jurado-Chacón, A. Romero, M. Almagro, P. Lopez, A. Moratalla, P. Navarro, J. De Pablos

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Hospital University Virgen de las Nieves (Granada, E)


Background: A new nonmyeloablative stem cell transplantation (NSCT) appears as a new technique for some oncohematologic patients. Generally a low non relapse mortality without any loss of antitumoral effect make this approach very attractive. However, the incidence of GVHD is still a common complication which causes some deaths. Objectives: to evaluate the toxicity of 11 patients in whom a NSCT was performed , preceded (n=2) or no by  autologous SCT (n=9). Methods: from June 01 through October 03, 11 patients (range age 21 to 63) with oncohematologic diseases (1 non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, 4 Hodgkin’s disease, 4 Multyple Myeloma, 1 acute myeloblastic leukemia, 1 chronic lymphocitic leukemia) underwent a NSCT. In nine of them were also performed an autologous SCT  ( 45 to 120 days before) because of their advanced disease situation. As conditioning for autologous SCT were given Melfalan 200 mg/m2 (4) and BEAM (5) and for NSCT  consisted of fludarabine (90 mg/m2) and TBI of 2 Gy, followed by infusion of peripheral blood  from sibling donors. Results: Seven patients developed neutropenic fever during the NSCT while only 2 of them had positive CMV antigenemia. At day 84 after NSCT, 90 % and 70% of patients showed a complete myeloid and lymphoid chimerism. Acute grade II-IV GVHD was present in four patients. Among 11 patients, 4 had chronic GVHD and 3 patients are still at risk of developing this complication. At day 100, non relapse mortality was 0%. To date 7 patients are alive (6 in complete remission and one with minimal residual disease) while 3 died because of progression disease and one of respiratory failure (pulmonary aspergillosis and obliterans bronchiolatis). Conclusion: We think these results are satisfactory and as other authors we would have to explore this new approach in some kind of hematologic patients to put in perspective this new procedure.

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30th Annual Meeting of the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation
    • EBMT 2004