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Bone Marrow Transplant. 2012 Dec;47(12):1535-7. doi: 10.1038/bmt.2012.88. Epub 2012 Jun 4.

Allo-SCT for high-risk AML-CR1 in the molecular era: impact of FLT3/ITD outweighs the conventional markers.

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Section of Hematology and Stem Cell Transplantation, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Nashville, TN, USA.


Seventy-nine patients with AML in CR1 received allo-SCT between May 2006 and May 2011, and the prognostic impact of FMS-like tyrosine kinase 3/internal tandem duplication (FLT3/ITD) mutation was evaluated in the context of other clinical prognostic factors. Patients with FLT3/ITD + AML had significantly inferior DFS (2-year DFS: 19% vs 64%, P = 0.0027), increased risk of relapse (1-year: 59% vs 19%, P = 0.01), and a trend towards decreased OS (P = 0.08) compared with patients without FLT3/ITD. Multivariate analysis confirmed FLT3/ITD + independently predicted a shorter DFS (HR, 3.0; 95% CI), 1.4-6.5; P = 0.01) and increased risk of relapse (HR, 4.9; 95% CI, 2.0-12.3, P = 0.01). Time to relapse in patients with FLT3/ITD + was short with 100-day cumulative risk of 45% (95% CI, 33-57). Our data suggest that the poor prognostic implication of FLT3/ITD positivity remains even after early allo-SCT in patients with FLT3/ITD + AML, and patients remain at high risk of early relapse. FLT3/ITD positivity also outweighs other conventional prognostic markers in predicting relapse.

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