Solid cancers after bone marrow transplantation

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  • Purpose: To evaluate the incidence and associated risk factors of solid cancers after bone marrow transplantation (BMT). Patients and Methods: We analyzed 2,129 patients who had undergone BMT for hematologic malignancies at the City of Hope National Medical Center between 1976 and 1998. A retrospective cohort and nested case-control study design were used to evaluate the role of pretransplantation therapeutic exposures and transplant conditioning regimens. Results: Twenty-nine patients developed solid cancers after BMT, which represents a two-fold increase in risk compared with a comparable normal population. The estimated cumulative probability (± SE)for development of a solid cancer was 6.1% ± 1.6% at 10 years. The risk was significantly elevated for liver cancer (standardized incidence ratio [SIR], 27.7; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.9 to 57.3), cancer of the oral cavity, (SIR, 17.4; 95% Cl, 6.3 to 34.1), and cervical cancer (SIR, 13.3; 95% Cl, 3.5 to 29.6). Each of the two patients with liver cancer had a history of chronic hepatitis C infection. All six patients with squamous cell carcinoma of the skin had chronic graft-versus-host disease. The risk was significantly higher for survivors who were younger than 34 years of age of time of BMT (SIR, 5.3; 95% Cl, 2.7 to 8.6). Cancers of the thyroid gland, liver, and oral cavity occurred primarily among patients who received total-body irradiation. Conclusion: The risk of radiation-associated solid tumor development after BMT is likely to increase with longer follow-up. This underscores the importance of close monitoring of patients who undergo BMT. © 2001 by American Society of Clinical Oncology.
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    Pubmed Id

  • 17651131
  • Author List

  • Bhatia S; Louie AD; Bhatia R; O'Donnell MR; Fung H; Kashyap A; Krishnan A; Molina A; Nademanee A; Niland JC
  • Start Page

  • 464
  • End Page

  • 471
  • Volume

  • 19
  • Issue

  • 2