THE ROLE OF AUTOLOGOUS AND ALLOGENEIC STEM CELL TRANSPLANTATION IN FOLLICULAR LYMPHOMA IN THE NEW DRUGS ERA.

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Francesco Maura
Lucia Farina
Paolo Corradini *
(*) Corresponding Author:
Paolo Corradini | paolo.corradini@unimi.it

Abstract

Follicular lymphoma (FL) is the second most common histotype of non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma and it is generally characterized by a heterogeneous clinical course. Despite recent therapeutic and diagnostic improvements, a significant fraction of FL patients still relapsed. In younger and/or fit FL relapsed patients bone marrow transplant (BMT) has represented the main salvage therapy for many years. Thanks to the ability of high dose chemotherapy to overcome the lymphoma resistance and refractoriness, autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) is able to achieve a high complete remission rate (CR) and favourable outcome in terms of progression free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS). Allogeneic stem cell transplantation (alloSCT) combines the high dose chemotherapy effect together with the immune reaction of the donor immune system against lymphoma, the so called ‘graft versus lymphoma’ (GVL) effect. Considering the generally higher transplant related mortality (TRM), alloSCT is mostly indicated for FL relapsed after ASCT. During the last years there has been a great spread of novel effective and feasible drugs Although these and future novel drugs will probably change our current approach to FL, the OS post-BMT (ASCT and alloSCT) has never been reproduced by any novel combination. In this scenario, it is important to correctly evaluate the disease status, the relapse risk and the comorbidity profile of the relapsed FL patients in order to provide the best salvage therapy and eventually transplant consolidation.


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