Outcome of induction and postremission therapy in younger adults with acute myeloid leukemia with normal karyotype: A cancer and leukemia group B study

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  • Purpose: Evaluate the outcome of induction and postremission therapy in adults younger than 60 years with normal cytogenetics acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Patients and Methods: In 490 patients, induction included cytarabine and daunorubicin (AD) or cytarabine and escalated doses of daunorubicin and etoposide ± PSC-833 (ADE/ADEP). Intensification included one cycle of high-dose cytarabine (HDAC) followed by etoposide/cyclophosphamide and mitoxantrone/diaziquone (group I), three HDAC cycles (group II), four intermediate-dose cytarabine (IDAC) or HDAC cycles (group III), or one HDAC/etoposide cycle and autologous stem-cell transplantation (ASCT; group IV). Results: Of 350 patients receiving AD, 73% achieved complete remission (CR), compared with 82% of 140 receiving ADE/ADEP (P = .04). Splenomegaly was associated with a lower CR rate (P < .001), and ADE/ADEP, with a higher CR rate in younger patients (P = .005). The 5-year disease-free survival (DFS) rate was 28% each for intensification groups I and II, compared with 41% and 45% for groups III and IV, respectively (P = .02). The 5-year cumulative incidence of relapse (CIR) was 62% and 67% for groups I and II, respectively, compared with 54% and 44% for groups III and IV, respectively (P = .049). The type of postremission intensification remained significant for DFS and CIR in multivariable analysis. Conclusion: In younger adults with normal cytogenetics AML, splenomegaly predicts a lower CR rate, and the postremission strategies of either four cycles of I/HDAC or one cycle of HDAC/etoposide followed by ASCT are associated with improved DFS and reduced relapse compared with therapies that include fewer cycles of cytarabine or no transplantation. © 2005 by American Society of Clinical Oncology.
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  • Farag SS; Ruppert AS; Mrózek K; Mayer RJ; Stone RM; Carroll AJ; Powell BL; Moore JO; Pettenati MJ; Koduru PRK
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  • 482
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  • 493
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  • 23
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