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High relapse rate of T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia in adults treated with Hyper-CVAD chemotherapy in Sweden
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2014 (English)In: European Journal of Haematology, ISSN 0902-4441, E-ISSN 1600-0609, Vol. 92, no 5, 377-381 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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Background Hyper-CVAD is widely used to treat acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) and aggressive lymphomas. This multicenter, population-based study assessed the efficacy of Hyper-CVAD as first-line therapy in patients with T-cell ALL (T-ALL). Patients and methods Between October 2002 and September 2006, 24 patients were diagnosed with T-ALL in Sweden; 19 were eligible for treatment with the protocol. Results The median age was 32yr (range 18-72yr). Complete remission (CR) was obtained in 17 of 19 (89%) patients, and the treatment was relatively well tolerated. Allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT) was recommended in high-risk disease and was performed in four patients upfront. Two- and 5-yr leukemia-free survivals (LFS) in 17 patients with CR achievement were identical, at 29% (95% confidence interval [CI]: 8-51). Two- and 5-yr overall survival (OS) in whole cohort was 63% (95% CI: 42-85) and 47% (95% CI: 26-69), respectively. The 5-yr LFS for 15 patients who did not receive allogeneic SCT upfront were 20% (95% CI: 0-40), although 14 of 15 completed the protocol (eight cycles). Relapse occurred in 2 of 4 upfront-transplanted patients and in 12 of 15 patients treated with chemotherapy alone, six of whom received allogeneic SCT in CR2. Age >= 35yr influenced OS negatively in univariate analysis (HR 5.1, 95% CI: 1.55-16.7). Conclusions Hyper-CVAD treatment resulted in a high CR rate and appeared safe, but it showed poor efficacy at preventing relapse. Therefore, this treatment is no longer recommended for adults with T-ALL in Sweden.

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John Wiley & Sons, 2014. Vol. 92, no 5, 377-381 p.
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antineoplastic combined chemotherapy protocols, treatment outcome, precursor T-cell lymphoblastic leukemia-lymphoma, stem cell transplantation
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Cancer and Oncology
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-88943DOI: 10.1111/ejh.12269ISI: 000334267500002OAI: diva2:719159
Available from: 2014-05-23 Created: 2014-05-19 Last updated: 2014-05-23Bibliographically approved

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