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Minimal residual disease-based role of imatinib as a first-line interim therapy prior to allogeneic stem cell transplantation in Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  12842984     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Fourteen adults with Philadelphia chromosome-positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia (Ph+ ALL) were studied to evaluate the role of imatinib prior to allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT). Of these, 12 patients were in complete hematologic response (CHR), and 2 were refractory. Imatinib was administered as an interim schedule after each chemotherapy course. After the first imatinib cycle, 11 patients remained in sustained CHR with a decrease in the BCR-ABL/ABL ratios (0.89 logs), and one refractory patient achieved CHR. Meanwhile, 2 patients were resistant to imatinib. Ten patients receiving a second imatinib cycle following consolidation showed sustained CHR, including 2 molecular CR, with a further decrease in the BCR-ABL/ABL ratios (0.19 logs). Twelve patients underwent SCT in a favorable status, and of these, 11 are still alive in a leukemia-free status at 9 to 28+ months after SCT. First-line imatinib interim therapy appears to be a useful strategy to bridge the time to SCT for patients with Ph+ ALL.
Seok Lee; Dong-Wook Kim; Yoo-Jin Kim; Nak-Gyun Chung; Yoo-Li Kim; Ji-Yeon Hwang; Chun-Choo Kim
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't     Date:  2003-07-03
Journal Detail:
Title:  Blood     Volume:  102     ISSN:  0006-4971     ISO Abbreviation:  Blood     Publication Date:  2003 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-10-06     Completed Date:  2003-11-24     Revised Date:  2007-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7603509     Medline TA:  Blood     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  3068-70     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Catholic Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Center, College of Medicine, The Catholic University of Korea, Seoul.
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MeSH Terms
Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use*
Disease Progression
Fusion Proteins, bcr-abl / biosynthesis
Leukemia, Myelogenous, Chronic, BCR-ABL Positive / therapy*
Middle Aged
Piperazines / therapeutic use*
Polymerase Chain Reaction
Pyrimidines / therapeutic use*
RNA / metabolism
RNA, Messenger / metabolism
Reverse Transcriptase Polymerase Chain Reaction
Stem Cell Transplantation / methods*
Time Factors
Transplantation, Homologous / methods*
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antineoplastic Agents; 0/Fusion Proteins, bcr-abl; 0/Piperazines; 0/Pyrimidines; 0/RNA, Messenger; 152459-95-5/imatinib; 63231-63-0/RNA

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