Allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell transplantation in patients with advanced hematologic malignancies: a retrospective comparison with marrow transplantation.

Blood, 1996; 88 (7) doi:

Authors: Bensinger W I, Clift R, Martin P, Appelbaum F R, Demirer T et al.(6)

Affiliation: Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, United States

Sample size: 18

Abstract: Allogeneic peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) transplants from HLA-identical siblings were performed in 37 patients with advanced hematologic malignancies. Outcomes were compared to a historical group of 37 similar patients with advanced hematologic malignancies receiving bone marrow (BM) transplants from HLA-identical donors. The PBSC group and historical BM group were well matched for diagnosis, disease stage, age, and graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) prophylaxis. Patients received PBSC transplants between 1993 to 1995 while BM patients were treated between 1989 to 1994. Engraftment, measured by the time to reach a peripheral neutrophil count > 500/L and platelet count > 20,000/microL without transfusions, occurred on days 14 and 11 in the patients transplanted with PBSC compared to days 16 and 15 in the patients receiving BM (P = .00063, .00014). The PBSC group required a median of 8 U of red blood cells and 24 U of platelets compared to 17 U of red blood cells and 118 U of platelets for BM transplant recipients (P = .0005, .0001). The estimated risks of developing grades 2 to 4 acute GVHD were 37% for the PBSC group and 56% for the BM group (P = .18), while the estimated risks of grades 3 to 4 acute GVHD were 14% for the PBSC group and 33% for the BM group, P = .05). Chronic GVHD occurred in 7 of 18 evaluable patients receiving PBSC and 6 of 23 evaluable patients receiving BM, P = .5. The estimated risks of transplant-related mortality at 200 days were 27% versus 45% (P = .33) relapse were 70% versus 53% (P = .27) and of overall survival were 50% and 41% (P = .39) for patients transplanted with PBSC or BM, respectively. This retrospective comparison suggests that compared to marrow transplantation from HLA-identical donors, allogeneic PBSC transplantation from HLA-identical donors is associated with faster engraftment, fewer transfusions, and no greater incidence of acute or chronic GVHD.

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