Publications (2)4.94 Total impact
Article: Immunoglobulin heavy chain (IGH@) translocations negatively impact treatment-free survival for chronic lymphocytic leukemia patients who have an isolated deletion 13q abnormality.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: Immunoglobulin heavy chain translocations (t(IGH@)) are suggested to portend a poor prognosis in chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). To determine the clinical significance of a t(IGH@) on CLL-specific cytogenetic abnormalities, we analyzed the outcomes of 142 CLL patients referred for fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) analysis with our standard FISH panel, which includes testing for a t(IGH@). Whereas patients with unfavorable (deletion 17p, deletion 11q) and intermediate (trisomy 12, normal FISH) cytogenetics with concomitant t(IGH@) had similar median treatment-free survival (TFS) as those without a t(IGH@), patients with deletion 13q (del13q) and a t(IGH@) had significantly worse TFS than those without a t(IGH@): median TFS 4.7 versus 8.0 years, P = 0.03 (hazard ratio 4.21, 95% confidence interval 1.06-16.69 y, P = 0.04 in multivariate analysis after adjusting for age, sex, Rai stage, and white blood cell count). The presence of a t(IGH@) further stratified patients with del13q into two prognostic entities, whereby outcomes of those with coexistent del13q and a t(IGH@) were similar to outcomes of those with high risk cytogenetics. Knowledge of the t(IGH@) status in CLL is therefore of clinical importance, as del13q patients with concomitant t(IGH@) may not retain the previously expected favorable outcome.Cancer Genetics 08/2012; 205(10):523-7.
Article: Allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplantation for chronic lymphocytic leukaemia: outcome in a 20-year cohort.[show abstract] [hide abstract]
ABSTRACT: The curative potential of allogeneic haematopoietic stem cell transplant (allo HSCT) in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia CLL is established, with a demonstrated role for graft-versus-leukaemia and less certainty for other factors in determining outcome. The first two decades of CLL patients proceeding to allo HSCT at the Leukaemia/Bone Marrow Transplant Program of British Columbia (n = 49 consecutive, 1991-2009) were studied to clarify factors predicting outcome. The donor was related in 29 (59%) and unrelated in 20 (41%). Conditioning was reduced-intensity in 27 (55%) and myeloablative in 22 (45%). Thirty-one of 49 patients survive with median follow-up of 5 years (0·2-15). Cumulative incidence of non-relapse mortality; complete remission (CR); clearance of fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) abnormality and progression at 10 years was 36%; 69%; 55% and 22%. Overall survival (OS) was 63% at 2 years; 55% at 5 years and beyond. Factors predicting OS (P value by log rank <0·05) were: comorbidity index <3, FISH rank (Dohner) and 17p deletion, alemtuzumab pre-HSCT, achievement of CR post-HSCT, donor chimerism >90%, clearance of FISH abnormality post-HSCT and absence of high-grade (3-4) graft-versus-host disease. Results from this province-wide, two-decade cohort demonstrated that a substantial proportion of patients with high-risk CLL become long term disease-free survivors.British Journal of Haematology 05/2012; 158(2):174-85. · 4.94 Impact Factor