Increasing use of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation in patients aged 70 years and older in the United States

Lori Muffly, Marcelo C. Pasquini, Michael Martens, Ruta Brazauskas, Xiaochun Zhu, Kehinde Adekola, Mahmoud Aljurf, Karen K. Ballen, Ashish Bajel, Frederic Baron, Minoo Battiwalla, Amer Beitinjaneh, Jean Yves Cahn, Mathew Carabasi, Yi Bin Chen, Saurabh Chhabra, Stefan Ciurea, Edward Copelan, Anita D’Souza, John EdwardsJames Foran, Cesar O. Freytes, Henry C. Fung, Robert Peter Gale, Sergio Giralt, Shahrukh K. Hashmi, Gerhard C. Hildebrandt, Vincent Ho, Ann Jakubowski, Hillard Lazarus, Marlise R. Luskin, Rodrigo Martino, Richard Maziarz, Philip McCarthy, Taiga Nishihori, Rebecca Olin, Richard F. Olsson, Attaphol Pawarode, Edward Peres, Andrew R. Rezvani, David Rizzieri, Bipin N. Savani, Harry C. Schouten, Mitchell Sabloff, Matthew Seftel, Sachiko Seo, Mohamed L. Sorror, Jeff Szer, Baldeep M. Wirk, William A. Wood, Andrew Artz

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In this study, we evaluated trends and outcomes of allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) in adults ≥70 years with hematologic malignancies across the United States. Adults ≥70 years with a hematologic malignancy undergoing first allogeneic HCT in the United States between 2000 and 2013 and reported to the Center for International Blood and Marrow Transplant Research were eligible. Transplant utilization and transplant outcomes, including overall survival (OS), progression-free survival (PFS), and transplant-related mortality (TRM) were studied. One thousand one hundred and six patients ≥70 years underwent HCT across 103 transplant centers. The number and proportion of allografts performed in this population rose markedly over the past decade, accounting for 0.1% of transplants in 2000 to 3.85% (N = 298) in 2013. Acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndromes represented the most common disease indications. Two-year OS and PFS significantly improved over time (OS: 26% [95% confidence interval (CI), 21% to 33%] in 2000-2007 to 39% [95% CI, 35% to 42%] in 2008-2013, P < .001; PFS: 22% [16% to 28%] in 2000-2007 to 32% [95% CI, 29% to 36%] in 2008-2013, P = .003). Two-year TRM ranged from 33% to 35% and was unchanged over time (P = .54). Multivariable analysis of OS in the modern era of 2008-2013 revealed higher comorbidity by HCT comorbidity index ≥3 (hazard ratio [HR], 1.27; P = .006), umbilical cord blood graft (HR, 1.97; P = .0002), and myeloablative conditioning (HR, 1.61; P = .0002) as adverse factors. Over the past decade, utilization and survival after allogeneic transplant have increased in patients ≥70 years. Select adults ≥70 years with hematologic malignancies should be considered for transplant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1156-1164
Number of pages9
Issue number9
StatePublished - Aug 31 2017

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Funding Information:
The CIBMTR is supported primarily by National Institutes of Health public health service grant/cooperative agreement 5U24-CA076518 from the National Cancer Institute; the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases; grant/cooperative agreement 5U10HL069294 from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and the National Cancer Institute; contract HHSH250201200016C with Health Resources and Services Administration (US Department of Health and Human Services); grants N00014-15-1-0848 and N00014-16-1-2020 from the Office of Naval Research. This work was also funded by grants from Actinium Pharmaceuticals, Inc.,* Alexion, and Amgen, Inc.*; by an anonymous donation to the Medical College of Wisconsin; by Astellas Pharma US, AstraZeneca, Atara Biotherapeutics, Inc., Be the Match Foundation, Bluebird Bio,

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© 2017, American Society of Hematology. All rights reserved.

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Biochemistry
  • Immunology
  • Hematology
  • Cell Biology


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