An effective mobilization strategy for lymphoma patients after failed upfront mobilization with plerixafor.

Haverkos BM, McBride A, O'Donnell L, Scholl D, Whittaker B, Vasu S, Penza S, Andritsos LA, Devine SM, Jaglowski SM
Bone Marrow Transplant 49 1052-5 08/01/2014


In an otherwise eligible patient, inadequate mobilization of PBSCs is a limiting factor to proceeding with an auto-ASCT. In such situations, plerixafor is commonly added to improve PBSC collection yields along with cytokine (G-CSF alone) or chemomobilization (chemotherapy+G-CSF). Individually, both strategies are proven to be safe and effective. Here we report six patients who underwent successful mobilization with combination chemomobilization plus plerixafor after upfront failure of cytokine mobilization plus plerixafor. The median CD34(+) cell yield after chemomobilization was 2.48 × 10(6)/kg (range 0.99-8.49) after receiving one to two doses of plerixafor. All patients subsequently underwent ASCT without major unforeseen toxicities and engrafted successfully. No significant delays in time to neutrophil recovery were observed. Our experience highlights the safety and effectiveness of chemomobilization with plerixafor after G-CSF plus plerixafor (G+P) failure and suggests this is a viable salvage strategy after initial failed G+P mobilization.

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