Treosulfan-based conditioning is feasible and effective for cord blood recipients: A phase 2 multicenter study

Filippo Milano, Jonathan A. Gutman, H. Joachim Deeg, Eneida R. Nemecek, Joachim Baumgart, Laurel Thur, Ann Dahlberg, Rachel B. Salit, Corinne Summers, Frederick R. Appelbaum, Colleen Delaney

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Although the use of treosulfan (TREO) in conventional donor hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) has been extensively evaluated, its use in cord blood transplantation (CBT) for hematologic malignancies has not been reported. Between March 2009 and October 2019, 130 CBT recipients were enrolled in this prospective multicenter phase 2 study. The conditioning regimen consisted of TREO, fludarabine, and a single fraction of 2 Gy total-body irradiation. Cyclosporine and mycophenolate mofetil were used for graft-versus-host disease prophylaxis. The primary end point was incidence of graft failure (GF), and based on risk of GF, patients were classified as low risk (arm 1, n = 66) and high risk (arm 2, n = 64). The median age was 45 years (range, 0.6-65 years). Disease status included acute leukemias in first complete remission (CR; n = 56), in ≥2 CRs (n = 46), and myelodysplastic (n = 25) and myeloproliferative syndromes (n = 3). Thirty-five patients (27%) had received a prior HCT. One hundred twenty-three patients (95%) engrafted, with neutrophil recovery occurring at a median of 19 days for patients on arm 1 and 20 days for patients on arm 2. The 3-year overall survival, relapse-free survival (RFS), transplant-related mortality, and relapse for the combined groups were 66%, 57%, 18%, and 24%, respectively. Among patients who had a prior HCT, RFS at 3 years was 48%. No significant differences in clinical outcomes were seen between the 2 arms. Our results demonstrate that TREO-based conditioning for CBT recipients is safe and effective in promoting CB engraftment with favorable clinical outcomes.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)3302-3310
Number of pages9
JournalBlood Advances
Issue number14
StatePublished - Jul 2020

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology


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