Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) is curative for selected patients with advanced essential thrombocythemia (ET) or polycythemia vera (PV). From 1990 to 2007, 75 patients with ET (median age 49 years) and 42 patients with PV (median age 53 years) underwent transplantations at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (FHCRC; n = 43) or at other Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) centers (n = 74). Thirty-eight percent of the patients had splenomegaly and 28% had a prior splenectomy. Most patients (69%for ET and 67%for PV) received a myeloablative (MA) conditioning regimen. Cumulative incidence of neutrophil engraftment at 28 days was 88% for ET patients and 90% for PV patients. Acute graft-versus- host disease (aGVHD) grades II to IV occurred in 57% and 50% of ET and PV patients, respectively. The 1-year treatment-related mortality (TRM) was 27% for ET and 22% for PV. The 5-year cumulative incidence of relapse was 13% for ET and 30% for PV. Five-year survival/progression-free survival (PFS) was 55%/47%and 71%/48% for ET and PV, respectively. Patients without splenomegaly had faster neutrophil and platelet engraftment, but there were no differences in TRM, survival, or PFS. Presence of myelofibrosis (MF) did not affect engraftment or TRM. Over 45% of the patients who undergo transplantations for ET and PV experience long-term PFS.
Transplantation; PV; ET
In patients with myeloproliferative neoplasia (MPN) the development of fibrosis and increased vessel density correlate with poor prognosis. The JAK2V617F mutation constitutively activates JAK2, which phosphorylates signal transducer activator of transcription (STAT), up-regulating vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), which might be responsible for angiogenesis in MPN. Galectins are involved in the development of fibrosis and angiogenesis and might also be involved in activation of the JAK/STAT pathway in MPN.
106 MPN patients, 36 essential thrombocythemia (ET), 25 polycythemia vera (PV) and 45 primary myelofibrosis (PMF), were analyzed for the expression pattern of galectin-1, galectin-3, pSTAT3, pSTAT5 and MVD by immunostaining of bone marrow biopsy sections followed by automated image analysis. The JAK2 mutational status was analysed through real time PCR in blood samples.
The expression of galectin-1 was significantly higher in all MPN patients compared to normal controls. Galectin-3 was expressed more in PV patients. MVD was significantly higher in all MPN patients and correlated with galectin-1 and pSTAT5 expression. pSTAT5 expression showed a trend of higher expression in patients carrying the JAK2V617F mutation as well as in PV patients. PMF patients and all JAK2V617F positive patients showed a significantly higher pSTAT3 expression compared to control and ET patients.
The findings suggest the involvement of galectin-1 in MPN development, regardless of the subtype. Furthermore involvement of galectin-3 in PV development, pSTAT5 in that of PV and JAK2V617F positive patients and angiogenesis, as well as pSTAT3 is involved in the pathogenesis of PMF.
MPN; myeloproliferative neoplasia; galectin; JAK; STAT; angiogenesis; MVD
Using CIBMTR data we compared the transplant outcomes of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) who were non-smokers (NS) and past or current smokers (PCS). There were 2193 NS and 625 PCS who received matched sibling and unrelated donor allografts for CML in first chronic phase. We looked for dose effects and identified low and high dose smoking groups (≥10 pack years, >1 pack per day). Outcomes were adjusted for known prognostic variables including the EBMT risk score. In multivariate analyses of sibling allograft recipients, relapse risk was higher (RR 1.67, p=0.003) in smokers than NS but the dose effects were not consistent. High dose smokers experienced a 50% TRM vs. 28% in the NS group at 5 years on univariate analysis and the RR was 1.57 (p=0.005) on multivariate analysis. Overall survival at 5 years was 68% in NS vs. 62% in the low dose smoking group vs. 50% in the high dose smoking group (p<0.001). Smoking did not significantly affect outcomes in unrelated donor recipients but numbers were smaller. High dose smoking is associated with a reduction in overall survival in patients having sibling allografts for CML. A prospective study with detailed demographic, pulmonary function and quality of life data would improve our understanding of this issue.
smoking effect; hematopoietic cell transplantation; outcomes; chronic myeloid leukemia; dose effect
The prevalence of pain in patients with cancer is still too high. Factors relating to ineffective pain treatment fall into three categories: the health care system, professional care providers, and patients. In patients, various barriers lead to noncompliance. Previous educational interventions have increased their knowledge of pain and decreased short-term pain levels. In this randomized controlled trial, the authors investigated how an intensive home-based education program given by nurses affected short-term and long-term pain levels.
Materials and methods
One hundred and twenty cancer patients were randomized to receive either the pain education program (PEP) or usual care. Pain, knowledge, quality of life, anxiety, and depression were measured at baseline and after 4 and 8 weeks. In the intervention group, effects on symptom levels were communicated to the treating physician.
The level of pain had decreased at 4 weeks, but not at 8 weeks. Significant decreases in pain only persisted in those patients with a high pain score at baseline. Knowledge of pain significantly increased in the intervention group. No correlation was found between increased pain knowledge and decreased pain levels.
The PEP given by nurses lowered pain intensity levels in cancer patients and increased their knowledge of pain. More attention should be paid to patient education and to communication between patients and health professionals regarding pain and pain management.
Randomized clinical trial; Pain education program; Cancer outpatients; Pain; Pain management
Abstract Objective: Using electronic rather than paper-based record
systems improves clinicians' information retrieval from patient narratives.
However, few studies address how data should be organized for this purpose.
Information retrieval from clinical narratives containing free text involves
two steps: searching for a labeled segment and reading its content. The
authors hypothesized that physicians can retrieve information better when
clinical narratives are divided into many small, labeled segments (“high
Design: The study tested the ability of 24 internists and 12
residents at a teaching hospital to retrieve information from an electronic
medical record—in terms of speed and completeness—when using
different granularities of clinical narratives. participants solved, without
time pressure, predefined problems concerning three voluminous, inpatient case
records. To mitigate confounding factors, participants were randomly allocated
to a sequence that was balanced by patient case and learning effect.
Results: Compared with retrieval from undivided notes, information
retrieval from problem-partitioned notes was 22 percent faster (statistically
significant), whereas retrieval from notes divided into organ systems was only
11 percent faster (not statistically significant). Subdividing segments beyond
organ systems was 13 percent slower (statistically significant) than not
subdividing. Granularity of medical narratives affected the speed but not the
completeness of information retrieval.
Conclusion: Dividing voluminous free-text clinical narratives into
labeled segments makes patient-related information retrieval easier. However,
too much subdivision slows retrieval. Study results suggest that a coarser
granularity is required for optimal information retrieval than for structured
data entry. Validation of these conclusions in real-life clinical practice is
We studied the outcome of allogeneic transplantation after lower-intensity conditioning regimens (reduced-intensity [RIC] and non-myeloablative [NST]) in non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) relapsing after autologous transplantation. Non-relapse mortality (NRM), lymphoma progression/relapse, progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were analyzed in 263 NHL patients. All had relapsed after a prior autologous transplant and then received allogeneic transplantation from related (n = 26) or unrelated donors (n= 237) after RIC (n = 128) or NST (n = 135), and were reported to the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) between 1996 and 2006. Median follow-up of survivors was 68 months (range, 3–111). Three-year NRM was 44% (95% CI, 37%–50%). Lymphoma progression/relapse at three years was 35% (95% CI, 29%–41%). Three-year probabilities of PFS and OS were 21% (95% CI, 16%–27%) and 32% (95% CI, 27%–38%) respectively. Superior performance score, longer interval between transplants, total-body irradiation-based conditioning regimen and lymphoma remission at transplantation correlated with improved PFS. Allogeneic transplantation after lower-intensity conditioning is associated with significant NRM, but can result in long-term PFS. We describe a quantitative risk model based on pretransplant risk factors in order to identify those likely to benefit from this approach.
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma; Allogeneic; Relapse
Cytogenetics play a major role in determining the prognosis of patients with AML. However, the existing cytogenetics classifications were developed on chemotherapy-treated patients and may not be optimal for patients undergoing allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT). We studied 821 adult patients reported to the CIBMTR who underwent HCT for AML in first or second CR between 1999 and 2004. We compared the ability of the 6 existing classifications to stratify patients by overall survival (OS). We then defined a new schema specifically applicable to HCT patients using this patient cohort. Under this CIBMTR schema, inv(16) is favorable, complex karyotype (4+ abnormalities) is adverse, and all other classified abnormalities are intermediate in predicting survival after HCT (5y OS 64%, 18%, and 50%, respectively, p=0.0001). This schema stratified patients into 3 groups with similar non-relapse mortality, but significantly different incidences of relapse, overall and leukemia-free survival. It applied to patients regardless of their disease status (CR1 or CR2), donor type (MRD or URD), or conditioning intensity (myeloablative or reduced intensity). This transplantation-specific classification could be adopted for prognostication purposes and to stratify patients with AML and karyotypic abnormalities entering HCT clinical trials.
AML; cytogenetics; stem cell transplantation
Acrylamide, a probable human carcinogen, is present in many everyday foods. Since the finding of its presence in foods in 2002, epidemiological studies have found some suggestive associations between dietary acrylamide exposure and the risk of various cancers. The aim of this prospective study is to investigate for the first time the association between dietary acrylamide intake and the risk of several histological subtypes of lymphatic malignancies.
The Netherlands Cohort Study on diet and cancer includes 120,852 men and women followed-up since September 1986. The number of person years at risk was estimated by using a random sample of participants from the total cohort that was chosen at baseline (n = 5,000). Acrylamide intake was estimated from a food frequency questionnaire combined with acrylamide data for Dutch foods. Hazard ratios (HRs) were calculated for acrylamide intake as a continuous variable as well as in categories (quintiles and tertiles), for men and women separately and for never-smokers, using multivariable-adjusted Cox proportional hazards models.
After 16.3 years of follow-up, 1,233 microscopically confirmed cases of lymphatic malignancies were available for multivariable-adjusted analysis. For multiple myeloma and follicular lymphoma, HRs for men were 1.14 (95% CI: 1.01, 1.27) and 1.28 (95% CI: 1.03, 1.61) per 10 µg acrylamide/day increment, respectively. For never-smoking men, the HR for multiple myeloma was 1.98 (95% CI: 1.38, 2.85). No associations were observed for women.
We found indications that acrylamide may increase the risk of multiple myeloma and follicular lymphoma in men. This is the first epidemiological study to investigate the association between dietary acrylamide intake and the risk of lymphatic malignancies, and more research into these observed associations is warranted.
We determined treatment-related mortality (TRM), progression free survival (PFS), and overall survival (OS) after a second autologous HCT (HCT2) for patients with lymphoma relapse after a prior HCT (HCT1). Outcomes for patients with either Hodgkin lymphoma (HL, n=21) or non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL, n=19) receiving HCT2 reported to the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR) were analyzed. The median age at HCT2 was 38 years (range, 16–61) and 22 (58%) patients had a Karnofsky performance score less than 90. HCT2 was performed >1 year after HCT1 in 82%. The probability of TRM at day 100 was 15% (95% CI, 3–22%). The 1, 3 and 5 yr probabilities of PFS were 50% (95% CI, 34–66%), 36% (95% CI, 21–52%) and 30% (95% CI, 16–46%), respectively. Corresponding probabilities of survival were 65% (95% CI, 50–79%), 36% (95% CI, 22–52%) and 30% (95% CI, 17–46%), respectively. At a median follow up of 72 months (range, 12–124 months) after HCT2, 29 patients (73%) have died, 18 (62%) secondary to relapsed lymphoma. The outcomes of patients with HL and NHL were similar. In summary, this series represents the largest reported group of patients with relapsed lymphomas undergoing SCT2 following failed SCT1, and with long-term follow-up. Our series suggests that SCT2 is feasible in patients relapsing after prior HCT1, with a lower TRM than that reported for allogeneic transplant in this setting. HCT2 should be considered for patients with relapsed HL or NHL after HCT1 without alternative allogeneic stem cell transplant options.
second autologous transplant; non-Hodgkin lymphoma; Hodgkin lymphoma
Preservation of fertility after hematopoietic-cell transplantation (HCT) can have a significant influence on the quality of life of transplant survivors. We describe 178 pregnancies in HCT recipients that were reported to the CIBMTR between 2002 and 2007. There were 83 pregnancies in female HCT recipients and 95 pregnancies in female partners of male HCT recipients. Indications for transplantation included hematologic and other malignancies (N=99) and non-malignant disorders (N=79, of which 75 patients had severe aplastic anemia). The cohort included recipients of autologous HCT (20 women, 13 men), myeloablative allogeneic HCT (12 women, 50 men) and non-myeloablative allogeneic HCT (2 women, 2 men). Age at HCT was <20 years for 50% of women and 19% of men. Conditioning regimens included total body irradiation (TBI) in 16% of women and 19% of men; doses were myeloablative in 10% of women and in 16% of men. Live births were reported in 86% of pregnancies in partners of male transplant patients and 85% of pregnancies in female transplant patients, with most pregnancies occurring 5-10 years after HCT. We conclude that some HCT recipients can retain fertility, including patients who have received TBI and/or myeloablative conditioning. Young patients undergoing HCT should be counseled both before and after HCT about potential loss of fertility, methods for preserving fertility and planning for future pregnancy. Fertility and outcomes of pregnancy after HCT need prospective evaluation in large transplant cohorts.
Allogeneic hematopoietic-cell transplantation; Autologous hematopoietic-cell transplantation; Pregnancy; Fertility Preservation
Myelofibrosis is a myeloproliferative disorder incurable with conventional strategies. Several small series have reported long-term disease free survival after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation. In this study, we analyze the outcomes of 289 patients receiving allogeneic transplantation for primary myelofibrosis between 1989 and 2002, from the database of the Center for International Bone Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR). The median age was 47 years (range 18-73 years). Donors were HLA identical siblings in 162 patients, unrelated individuals in 101 patients, and HLA non-identical family members in 26 patients. Patients were treated with a variety of conditioning regimens and graft versus host disease prophylaxis regimens. Splenectomy was performed in 65 patients prior to transplantation. The 100-day transplant related mortality was 18% for HLA identical sibling transplants, 35% for unrelated transplants, and 19% for transplants from alternative related donors. Corresponding 5 year overall survival rates were 37%, 30%, and 40% respectively. Disease-free survival rates were 33%, 27% and 22% respectively. Disease-free survival for patients receiving reduced intensity transplants was comparable, 39% for HLA identical sibling donors and 17% for unrelated donors at three years. In this large retrospective series, allogeneic transplantation for myelofibrosis resulted in long-term relapse-free survival in about one-third of patients.
Myelofibrosis; allogeneic transplantation
We compared outcomes of 916 diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) patients age ≥ 18 years undergoing first autologous (n=837) or myeloablative allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplant (HCT) (n=79) between 1995–2003 reported to the CIBMTR. Median follow-up was 81 months for allogeneic HCT vs. 60 months for autologous. Allogeneic HCT recipients were more likely to have high risk disease features including higher stage, more prior chemotherapy regimens and resistant disease. Allogeneic HCT was associated with a higher 1 year treatment-related mortality (TRM) (RR 4.88, 95% CI, 3.21–7.40, p<0.001), treatment failure (RR 2.06, 95% CI, 1.54–2.75, p<0.001) and mortality (RR 2.75, 95% CI, 2.03–3.72, p<0.001). Risk of disease progression was similar in the 2 groups (RR 1.12, 95% CI, 0.73–1.72, p=0.59). In fact, for 1 year survivors, no significant differences were observed for TRM, progression, progression-free or overall survival. Increased risks of TRM and mortality were associated with older age (>50 years), lower performance score, chemoresistance and earlier year of transplant. In a cohort of mainly high risk DLBCL patients, upfront myeloablative allogeneic HCT while associated with increased early mortality was associated with a similar risk of disease progression compared to lower risk patients receiving autologous HCT.
unrelated; allogeneic transplantation; Hodgkin Lymphoma
To compare the clinical outcomes of older (age ≥ 55 years) non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) patients with younger NHL patients (< 55 years) receiving autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) while adjusting for patient-, disease-, and treatment-related variables. We compared autologous HCT outcomes in 805 NHL patients age ≥ 55 years to 1,949 NHL patients < 55 years during the years 1990–2000 using data reported to the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research (CIBMTR). In multivariate analysis, older patients with aggressive histologies were 1.86 times [95% confidence interval (CI) 1.43–2.43, p<0.001] more likely than younger patients to experience treatment-related mortality. Relative death risks were 1.33 times (CI 1.04–1.71, p=0.024) and 1.50 times (CI 1.33–169, p<0.001) higher in older compared to younger patients with follicular grade I/II and aggressive histologies, respectively. Autologous HCT in older NHL patients is feasible but most disease-related outcomes are statistically inferior to younger patients. Studies addressing supportive care particular to older patients who are most likely to benefit from this approach are recommended.
non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma; autologous HCT; relapse; second complete remission; elderly
Reduced intensity conditioning (RIC) regimens have been increasingly used for allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) in Follicular lymphoma (FL). We compared traditional myeloablative conditioning regimens to RIC in FL. Outcomes of HLA-identical sibling HSCT for follicular lymphoma in 208 recipients reported to the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research between 1997 and 2002 were studied. Conditioning regimens were categorized as myeloablative (N=120) or reduced-intensity (RIC; N=88). Use of RIC regimens increased from <10% of transplants in 1997 to >80% in 2002 signaling a major shift in practice. Patients receiving RIC were older and had a longer interval from diagnosis to transplant. These differences did not correlate with outcomes. Median follow-up of survivors was 50 mo (4–96 mo) after myeloablative conditioning versus 35 mo (4–82 mo) after RIC (p<0.001). At 3 years, overall survival (OS) for the myeloablative and RIC cohorts were 71 (63–79%) and 62 (51–72%; p=0.15) and progression free survival (PFS), 67 (58–75%) and 55 (44–65%; p=0.07) respectively. Lower Karnofsky performance score (KPS) and resistance to chemotherapy were associated with higher treatment related mortality (TRM), lower OS and PFS. On multivariate analysis, an increased risk of lymphoma progression after RIC was observed (RR=2.97, p=0.04) RIC has become the de facto standard in allogeneic HSCT for FL and appears to result in similar long term outcomes. Although disease free survival is similar compared to myeloablative conditioning, an increased risk of late disease progression after RIC is concerning.
Follicular Lymphoma; Allogeneic; Nonmyeloablative