A randomized phase 3 study of peripheral blood progenitor cell mobilization with stem cell factor and Filgrastim in high-risk breast cancer patients

Journal Article

This randomized study compared the number of leukaphereses required to collect an optimal target yield of 5 x 106 CD34+ peripheral blood progenitor cells/kg, using either stem cell factor (SCF) at 20 μg/kg/d in combination with Filgrastim at 10 μg/kg/d or Filgrastim alone at 10 μg/kg/d, from 203 patients with high-risk stage II, III, or IV breast cancer. Leukapheresis began on day 5 of cytokine administration and continued daily until the target yield of CD34+ cells had been reached or a maximum of 5 leukaphereses performed. By day 5 of leukapheresis, 63% of the patients treated with SCF plus Filgrastim (n = 100) compared with 47% of those receiving Filgrastim alone (n = 103) reached the CD34+ cell target yield. There was a clinically and statistically significant reduction (P < .05) in the number of leukaphereses required to reach the target yield for the patients receiving SCF plus Filgrastim (median, 4 leukaphereses) compared with patients receiving Filgrastim alone (median, 6 or more leukaphereses; ie, <50% of patients reached the target in 5 leukaphereses). All patients receiving SCF were premedicated with antihistamines, albuterol, and pseudoephedrine. Treatment was safe, generally well tolerated, and not associated with life-threatening or fatal toxicity. In conclusion, SCF plus Filgrastim is a more effective peripheral blood progenitor cell (PBPC)- mobilization regimen than Filgrastim alone. In addition to the potential for reduced leukapheresis-related morbidity and costs, SCF offers additional options for obtaining cells for further graft manipulation.

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Shpall, EJ; Wheeler, CA; Turner, SA; Yanovich, S; Brown, RA; Pecora, AL; Shea, TC; Mangan, KF; Williams, SF; LeMaistre, CF; Long, GD; Jones, R; Davis, MW; Murphy-Filkins, R; Parker, WRL; Glaspy, JA

Published Date

  • 1999

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 93 / 8

Start / End Page

  • 2491 - 2501

PubMed ID

  • 10194427

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0006-4971