Allogeneic transplantation in elderly patients ≥65 years with non-Hodgkin lymphoma: a time-trend analysis

Nirav N. Shah, Kwang Woo Ahn, Carlos Litovich, Anna Sureda, Mohamed A. Kharfan-Dabaja, Farrukh T. Awan, Siddhartha Ganguly, Usama Gergis, David Inwards, Reem Karmali, Alexsandr Lazaryan, Lazaros Lekakis, Pashna Munshi, Sunita Nathan, Ayman A. Saad, Melhem Solh, Amir Steinberg, Ravi Vij, William A. Wood, Timothy S. FenskeSonali Smith, Mehdi Hamadani

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Allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (allo-HCT) is a curative therapy for relapsed/refractory and high-risk non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL). However, no large studies have evaluated allo-HCT utilization in elderly NHL patients (≥65 years). Using the CIBMTR registry, we report a time-trend analysis of 727 NHL patients (≥65 years) undergoing the first allo-HCT from 2000 to 2015 in the United States (US). Study cohorts were divided by time period: 2000–2005 (N = 76) vs. 2006–2010 (N = 238) vs. 2011–2015 (N = 413). Primary outcome was overall survival (OS). Secondary outcomes included progression-free survival (PFS), relapse/progression (R/P), and non-relapse mortality (NRM). Median age at transplant, use of reduced-intensity conditioning, and graft source remained stable, while use of unrelated donors increased in the most current era. The 1-year probabilities of NRM from 2000 to 2005 vs. 2006–2010 vs. 2011–2015 were 24% vs. 19% vs. 21%, respectively (p = 0.67). Four-year probability of R/P was similar among the three cohorts: 48% (2000–2005), 40% (2006–2010), and 40% (2011–2015) (p = 0.39). The 4-year probabilities of PFS and OS (2000–2005 vs. 2006–2010 vs. 2011–2015) showed significantly improved outcomes in more recent time periods: 17% vs. 31% vs. 30% (p = 0.02) and 21% vs. 42% vs. 44% (p < 0.001), respectively. Utilization of allo-HCT increased in elderly NHL patients in the US since 2000 with improving survival outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number97
JournalBlood Cancer Journal
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology


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