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More abnormal cells linked to poorer ASCT outcomes in MDS



NEWPORT BEACH, CALIF. – Researchers say they’ve found an association between the percentage of cytogenetically abnormal cells at allogeneic stem cell transplant (ASCT) and posttransplant outcomes in patients with myelodysplastic syndromes (MDS).

Patients who had more than 60% cytogenetically abnormal cells at ASCT had significantly inferior overall survival (OS) and relapse-free survival (RFS), compared to patients with fewer abnormal cells.

Dipenkumar Modi, MD, of Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute at Wayne State University in Detroit, and his colleagues conducted this research and presented the results at the Acute Leukemia Forum of Hemedicus.

The researchers studied 109 adult MDS patients who underwent ASCT from January 2000 through December 2016. The patients were divided into three groups based on the percentage of cytogenetically abnormal cells at ASCT:

  • Group 1 had less than 30% (n = 22)
  • Group 2 had 30%-60% (n = 23)
  • Group 3 had greater than 60% (n = 64).

Baseline characteristics were largely similar between the groups. However, patients in group 3 were significantly more likely than those in groups 1 and 2 to have del(5q) and monosomy 5+7 (P = .048).

Patients in group 1 had a significantly higher percentage of bone marrow transplants (as opposed to peripheral blood stem cell transplants) than patients in groups 2 and 3 (P = .039). And patients in group 1 had significantly fewer blasts at ASCT than patients in groups 2 and 3 (P = .011).

The researchers found no significant between-group differences in relapse and nonrelapse mortality, but there were significant differences in OS and RFS.

Patients in group 3 had inferior RFS compared to patients in group 1, which was the reference group. The hazard ratio (HR) was 2.503 (P = .013) in a univariable analysis and 2.196 (P = .049) in a multivariable analysis.

Group 3 also had inferior OS compared to group 1. The hazard ratio was 2.589 (P = .021) in a univariable analysis and 2.478 (P = .040) in a multivariable analysis.

There was no significant difference in RFS or OS between groups 1 and 2. The HR for RFS in group 2 was 1.879 (P = .148) in a univariable analysis and 1.365 (P = .506) in a multivariable analysis. The HR for OS was 1.997 (P = .155) and 1.413 (P = .511), respectively.

Dr. Modi said these results suggest patients with greater than 60% cytogenetically abnormal cells at ASCT should be monitored more closely after transplant, and their immunosuppressive medication should be tapered as soon as possible.

Dr. Modi and his colleagues reported having no conflicts of interest relevant to this research.

The Acute Leukemia Forum is held by Hemedicus, which is owned by the same company as this news organization.

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