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Bone Marrow Transplant. 1992 Jul;10(1):33-8.

Autologous bone marrow transplantation in 22 adult patients with lymphoblastic lymphoma responsive to conventional dose chemotherapy.

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  • 1Hospital Universitario Marqués de Valdecilla, Santander, Spain.


In order to clarify the role of autologous bone marrow transplantation in adult lymphoblastic lymphoma (LBL) patients we have conducted a retrospective multi-institutional Spanish survey. Twenty-two adult patients, 20 males, two females, age 14-52 years (median 25.5) with LBL were treated with high-dose chemoradiotherapy and autologous bone marrow support. Fourteen cases were transplanted in first complete remission (CR1) and eight with other chemosensitive status (four later CR, two partial remissions and two sensitive relapses). From the 14 cases transplanted in CR1, four had previous bone marrow involvement and one meningeal infiltration; eight cases were Ann-Arbor stage IV and fulfilled accepted high-risk criteria for relapse. The conditioning regimen consisted of cyclophosphamide (60 mg/kg x 2) and total body irradiation (9-12 Gy) in 16 cases and high dose chemotherapy in six. The procedure-related mortality was 9% (7% in CR1 patients). The actuarial 2-year overall survival for CR1 patients was 85% at a median follow-up of 19 months. Disease-free survival (DFS) was 77%. In patients with less favourable disease status the 2-year overall and DFS were 73% and 50% respectively. In this study the DFS in CR1 patients was not influenced by bone marrow involvement or high-risk criteria predictive for relapse. These results support the effectiveness of this procedure, mainly for patients in CR1.

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