Outcome of induction and postremission therapy in younger adults with acute myeloid leukemia with normal karyotype: a cancer and leukemia group B study.
PURPOSE: Evaluate the outcome of induction and postremission therapy in adults younger than 60 years with normal cytogenetics acute myeloid leukemia (AML). PATIENTS AND METHODS: In 490 patients, induction included cytarabine and daunorubicin (AD) or cytarabine and escalated doses of daunorubicin and etoposide +/- PSC-833 (ADE/ADEP). Intensification included one cycle of high-dose cytarabine (HDAC) followed by etoposide/cyclophosphamide and mitoxantrone/diaziquone (group I), three HDAC cycles (group II), four intermediate-dose cytarabine (IDAC) or HDAC cycles (group III), or one HDAC/etoposide cycle and autologous stem-cell transplantation (ASCT; group IV). RESULTS: Of 350 patients receiving AD, 73% achieved complete remission (CR), compared with 82% of 140 receiving ADE/ADEP (P = .04). Splenomegaly was associated with a lower CR rate (P < .001), and ADE/ADEP, with a higher CR rate in younger patients (P = .005). The 5-year disease-free survival (DFS) rate was 28% each for intensification groups I and II, compared with 41% and 45% for groups III and IV, respectively (P = .02). The 5-year cumulative incidence of relapse (CIR) was 62% and 67% for groups I and II, respectively, compared with 54% and 44% for groups III and IV, respectively (P = .049). The type of postremission intensification remained significant for DFS and CIR in multivariable analysis. CONCLUSION: In younger adults with normal cytogenetics AML, splenomegaly predicts a lower CR rate, and the postremission strategies of either four cycles of I/HDAC or one cycle of HDAC/etoposide followed by ASCT are associated with improved DFS and reduced relapse compared with therapies that include fewer cycles of cytarabine or no transplantation.
Farag, SS; Ruppert, AS; Mrózek, K; Mayer, RJ; Stone, RM; Carroll, AJ; Powell, BL; Moore, JO; Pettenati, MJ; Koduru, PRK; Stamberg, J; Baer, MR; Block, AW; Vardiman, JW; Kolitz, JE; Schiffer, CA; Larson, RA; Bloomfield, CD
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