The results of high-dose therapy and autologous BMT for patients with intermediate/high grade NHL were analysed in 82 patients aged ≥ 55 years, identified from the EBMT lymphoma database. These were compared with the results for 82 patients aged < 55 years who were matched on the basis of disease status at transplantation, presence of bone marrow or CNS involvement and closest date of transplantation. The 5 year actuarial progression-free survival (PFS) for patients aged < 55 years was 33% compared with 37% for the ≥ 55 year group (p = 0.08). Corresponding figures for overall survival (OS) were 39% and 38%, respectively (p = 0.19). No difference in outcome was observed according to histological subtype. Although the number of patients receiving total body irradiation (TBI) is small, a significantly lower PFS was observed in patients ≥ 55 years receiving TBI-based high-dose regimens compared with younger patients. This difference was due to a higher toxic death rate in the older patient group. In this retrospective matched analysis, age ≥ 55 years was not associated with lower PFS or OS following high-dose therapy and autologous BMT. The increased toxic death rate in patients receiving TBI suggests that this should be avoided in older patients, who should receive chemotherapy only in high-dose regimens.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||7|
|Journal||Bone Marrow Transplantation|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1994|
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