BEAM versus BUCYVP16 Conditioning before Autologous Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplant in Patients with Hodgkin Lymphoma.

Singer S, Dean R, Zhao Q, Sharma N, Abounader D, Elder P, Hofmeister CC, Benson DM, Rosko A, Penza S, Andritsos L, Vasu S, Jaglowski S, William BM, Bolwell B, Pohlman B, Kalaycio M, Jagadeesh D, Hill B, Sobecks R, Devine SM, Majhail NS, Efebera YA
Biol Blood Marrow Transplant in press 02/01/2019


High-dose chemotherapy followed by autologous hematopoietic stem cell transplant (AHSCT) is a standard of care for patients with relapsed Hodgkin lymphoma. Different conditioning regimens before AHSCT have been used, with the 2 most common being BEAM (carmustine, etoposide, cytarabine, and melphalan) and BUCYVP16 (busulfan, cyclophosphamide, and etoposide). We retrospectively compared the outcomes of patients treated with BEAM (n = 128) or BUCYVP16 (n = 105) followed by AHSCT. After a median follow-up of 4.2 years for BEAM and 3.8 for BUCYVP16 from AHSCT, the 5-year cumulative incidence of relapse was 29% with BEAM compared with 56% with BUCYVP16 (P < .001). Median progression free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were not reached with BEAM and were 2.0 and 7.8 years with BUCYVP16, respectively. Improved PFS (P < .001) and OS (P = .001) were observed with BEAM for patients who needed transplant within 24 months from diagnosis and for patients not in complete remission (non-CR; P = .001 and P < .001, respectively) at AHSCT. In this large retrospective comparison the use of BEAM conditioning before AHSCT resulted in a statistically significant improved PFS and OS and lower relapse compared with BUCYVP16. This supports the use of BEAM as a frontline conditioning regimen before AHSCT for early relapsed and non-CR Hodgkin lymphoma.

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