Impact of disease risk on efficacy of matched related bone marrow transplantation for pediatric acute myeloid leukemia: the Children's Oncology Group.


Journal Article

PURPOSE: There is considerable variation in the use of HLA-matched related bone marrow transplantation (BMT) for the treatment of pediatric patients with newly diagnosed acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Some oncologists have argued that BMT should be offered to most patients in first complete remission (CR). Others have maintained that transplantation in first remission should be reserved for patients with high-risk disease. We performed this study to determine how disease risk influences the efficacy of BMT. METHODS: We combined data from four cooperative group clinical trials: Pediatric Oncology Group 8821, Children's Cancer Group (CCG) 2891, CCG 2961, and Medical Research Council 10. Using cytogenetics and the percentage of marrow blasts after the first course of chemotherapy, patients were stratified into favorable, intermediate, and poor-risk disease groups. Patients who could not be risk classified were analyzed separately. Outcomes for patients assigned to BMT and for patients assigned to chemotherapy alone were compared. RESULTS: The data set included 1,373 pediatric patients with AML in first CR. In the intermediate-risk group, the estimated disease-free survival at 8 years for patients who did not undergo transplantation was 39% +/- 5% (2 SE), whereas it was 58% +/- 7% for BMT patients. The estimated overall survival for patients who did not undergo transplantation was 51% +/- 5%, whereas it was 62% +/- 7% for BMT patients. Both differences were significant (P < .01). There were no significant differences for survival in the other two risk groups or in the non-risk-stratified patients. CONCLUSION: Our study indicates that HLA-matched related BMT is an effective treatment for pediatric patients with intermediate-risk AML in first CR.

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Cited Authors

  • Horan, JT; Alonzo, TA; Lyman, GH; Gerbing, RB; Lange, BJ; Ravindranath, Y; Becton, D; Smith, FO; Woods, WG; Children's Oncology Group,

Published Date

  • December 10, 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 26 / 35

Start / End Page

  • 5797 - 5801

PubMed ID

  • 18955460

Pubmed Central ID

  • 18955460

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1527-7755

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1200/JCO.2007.13.5244


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States