Clofarabine combined with busulfan provides excellent disease control in adult patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.


Journal Article

We investigated the safety and early disease control data for i.v. busulfan (Bu) in combination with clofarabine (Clo) in patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (SCT). Fifty-one patients (median age, 36 years; range, 20-64 years) received a matched sibling (n = 24), syngeneic (n = 2), or matched unrelated donor transplant (n = 25) for acute lymphoblastic leukemia in first complete remission (n = 30), second complete remission (n = 13), or active disease (n = 8). More than one-half of the patients had a high-risk cytogenetic profile, as defined by the presence of t(9;22) (n = 17), t(4;11) (n = 3), or complex cytogenetics (n = 7). Clo 40 mg/m(2) was given once daily, with each dose followed by pharmacokinetically dosed Bu infused over 3 hours daily for 4 days, followed by hematopoietic SCT 2 days later. The Bu dose was based on drug clearance, as determined by the patient's response to a 32-mg/m(2) Bu test dose given 48 hours before the high-dose regimen. The target daily area under the receiver-operating characteristic curve was 5500 μM/min for patients age <60 years and 4000 μM/min for those age ≥60 years. The regimen was well tolerated, with a 100-day nonrelapse mortality rate of 6%. With a median follow-up of 14 months among surviving patients (range, 6-28 months), the 1-year overall survival, disease-free survival, and nonrelapse mortality rates were 67% (95% confidence interval [CI], 55%-83%), 54% (95% CI, 41%-71%), and 32% (95% CI, 16%-45%), respectively. For patients undergoing SCT in first remission, these respective rates were 74%, 64%, and 25%. Our data indicate that the combination of Clo and Bu provides effective disease control while maintaining a favorable safety profile.

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Cited Authors

  • Kebriaei, P; Basset, R; Ledesma, C; Ciurea, S; Parmar, S; Shpall, EJ; Hosing, C; Khouri, I; Qazilbash, M; Popat, U; Alousi, A; Nieto, Y; Jones, RB; de Lima, M; Champlin, RE; Andersson, BS

Published Date

  • December 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 18 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 1819 - 1826

PubMed ID

  • 22750645

Pubmed Central ID

  • 22750645

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1523-6536

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.bbmt.2012.06.010


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States