Late mortality after bone marrow transplant for chronic myelogenous leukemia in the context of prior tyrosine kinase inhibitor exposure: A Blood or Marrow Transplant Survivor Study (BMTSS) report

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  • Background: Late mortality was investigated in patients with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) who underwent blood or bone marrow transplant (BMT) with or without prior tyrosine kinase inhibitor (TKI) therapy. Methods: By using data from the Blood or Marrow Transplant Survivor Study, the authors examined late mortality in 447 patients with CML who underwent BMT between 1974 and 2010, conditional on surviving ≥2 years post-BMT. For vital status information, the medical records, the National Death Index, and the Accurint database were used. Standardized mortality ratios (SMRs) were calculated using general population age-specific, sex-specific, and calendar-specific mortality rates. Kaplan-Meier techniques and Cox regression were used for all-cause mortality analyses. Cumulative incidence and proportional subdistribution hazards models for competing risks were used for cause-specific mortality analyses. Results: The 10-year overall survival rate was 65.7% and 73% for those who underwent transplant with and without pre-BMT exposure to TKI therapy, respectively. Patients who underwent transplant with and without pre-BMT TKI experienced SMRs of 6.4 and 6.4, respectively (P =.8); and the SMRs were 11.6 and 8.1, respectively, for those with high-risk disease (P =.2). Independent predictors of non–CML-related mortality included chronic graft-versus-host disease (hazard ratio [HR], 2.8; 95% CI, 1.8-4.4) and busulfan/cyclophosphamide conditioning (HR, 0.5; 95% CI, 0.3-0.9; reference, total body irradiation/cyclophosphamide conditioning). The 20-year cumulative incidence of CML-related and non–CML-related mortality was 6% and 36%, respectively, for the entire cohort. Both CML-related mortality (HR, 1.0; 95% CI, 0.1-12.6) and non–CML-related mortality (HR, 1.3; 95% CI, 0.6-3.1) were comparable for those with and without pre-BMT TKI therapy. Conclusions: The similar late mortality experienced by patients with CML who undergo transplantation with or without pre-BMT TKIs suggests that allogeneic BMT can be considered in the context of TKI intolerance or nonadherence. The prevention of post-BMT non–CML-related mortality could favorably affect long-term survival.
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  • Cancer  Journal
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  • Wu J; Chen Y; Hageman L; Francisco L; Ness EC; Parman M; Kung M; Watson JA; Weisdorf DJ; Snyder DS
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  • 4033
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  • 4042
  • Volume

  • 125
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  • 22