The 5-year disease-free survival (DFS) of National Cancer Institute (NCI) high-risk (HR) B-lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) patients with end of induction (EOI) minimal residual disease (MRD) ≥0.1% and end of consolidation (EOC) MRD ≥0.01% is 39 ± 7%, warranting consideration of hematopoietic stem cell transplant (HSCT). However, the impact of EOC MRD in NCI standard-risk (SR) B-ALL patients using COG regimens is unknown. We found that SR patients with MRD ≥0.01% at both EOI and EOC have a 4-year DFS/overall survival (OS) of 72.9 ± 19.0%/91.7 ± 10.8% versus 90.7 ± 2.9%/95.5 ± 2.0% (p =.0019/.25) for those with EOI MRD ≥0.01% and EOC MRD <0.01%. These data suggest that routine use of HSCT may not be warranted in EOC MRD ≥0.01% SR patients.
- B-lymphoblastic leukemia
- minimal residual disease
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health