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Malard, Florent; Labopin, Myriam; Stuhler, Gernot; Bittenbring, Jörg; Ganser, Arnold; Tischer, Johanna; Michallet, Mauricette; Kröger, Nicolaus; Schmid, Christoph; Huynh, Anne; Hallek, Michäl; Savani, Bipin N.; Mohty, Mohamad; Nagler, Arnon (2017): Sequential Intensified Conditioning Regimen Allogeneic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation in Adult Patients with Intermediate- or High-Risk Acute Myeloid Leukemia in Complete Remission: A Study from the Acute Leukemia Working Party of the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation. In: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, Vol. 23, No. 2: pp. 278-284
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Post-transplant relapse is the leading cause of treatment failure in acute myeloid leukemia (AML) patients after reduced intensity conditioning allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). To improve their outcome, we evaluated the outcome of a sequential intermediate-intensity conditioning regimen combining fludarabine, cytosine arabinoside, amsacrine, cyclophosphamide, and either total body irradiation or busulfan (FLAMSA) in patients with intermediate or high-risk AML in first or second complete remission (CR). A total of 265 patients (median age, 55 years;range, 19 to 76) with AML who underwent allo-HSCT using a FLAMSA regimen were included. At the time of transplant, 216 (81.5%) were in CR1 and 49 (18.5%) in CR2. Cytogenetic was intermediate in 114 (43%) and poor in 42 (15.8%) patients, whereas 109 patients (41.1%) had a secondary AML. With a median follow-up of 46 months (range, 1 to 145), the Kaplan-Meier estimate of overall and leukemia-free survival at 2 years were 56.1% (95% CI, 49.7% to 62.6%) and 52.8% (95% CI, 46.4% to 59.2%), respectively. At 2 years, the cumulative incidences of relapse and nonrelapse mortality were 22.8% (95% CI, 17.6% to 28.4%) and 24.0% (95% CI, 18.8% to 29.5%), respectively. In multivariate analysis, patient age and cytogenetics were the only parameters with a significant impact on overall survival. These data suggest that the FLAMSA sequential intermediate conditioning regimen provides an efficient disease control in intermediate- and high-risk AML patients, including those in CR2 and with secondary AML (C) 2017 American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation.