[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: We evaluated the efficacy and safety of non-cryopreserved storage of autologous hematopoietic stem cells with no post-transplant granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) support in adult patients undergoing autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) for multiple myeloma (MM).
Retrospective review of patients undergoing ASCT from May 2009 to July 2011.
Autologous stem cell were mobilized using G-CSF. Leukapheresis to harvest stem cells was performed on day -2 and -1. The grafts were kept in a conventional blood bank refrigerator at 4°C until reinfusion on day 0. The conditioning regimen consisted of melphalan 200 mg/m2 in all patients. The post-chemotherapy myeloablative phase was managed without growth factors.
Between May 2009 to July 2011, 54 adults with MM were treated in our center in Oran. The median age at ASCT was 55 years (range, 35-65). There were 37 males and 17 females. The median harvested CD34+ cell count was 3.60X106/kg (range, 1.90 to 10.52). All patients had neutrophil engraftment on the median of day 10 (range, 6-17) and platelet transfusion independence on the median of day 13 (range 9-24). In the 47 evaluable patients the median post-transplant overall survival had not been reached; the estimated overall survival at 30 months was 93.8% (0.05%) , and the estimated disease-free survival at 27 months was 93.6% (0.05%).
High-dose chemotherapy and ASCT using non-cryopreserved stem cells and no G-CSF support is safe and feasible in the treatment of MM under our work conditions in developing countries.
Full-text · Article · Mar 2012 · Hematology/ Oncology and Stem Cell Therapy
[Show abstract][Hide abstract] ABSTRACT: Many articles have been published on the subject of FNAFNA, highlighting the usefulness of flow cytometry in the diagnosis and classification of lymphomas. But occasionally, flow cytometric evaluation fails to detect an abnormal population in a FNAFNA specimen involved by lymphoid neoplasm. Sampling errors (poor viability, peripheral blood contamination and hypocellular specimens) are the major reasons of this failure. In our laboratory we use a simple, fast and cost-effective approach to assess adequacy of FNAFNA materials and in this paper, we describe this procedure with giving some examples of interpretations of our results.
Full-text · Article · Mar 2011 · Hematology/ Oncology and Stem Cell Therapy