Mohamed A Kharfan-Dabaja

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Plasmablastic lymphoma (PBL) is a rare aggressive B-cell lymphoproliferative disorder. HIV-negative PBL has not been extensively reported. Nine HIV-negative PBL patients evaluated at Moffitt Cancer Center were studied. Eight patients had extranodal diseases. All patients were treated with CHOP or hyper-CVAD. Responses were observed in 8 cases (7 complete, 1(More)
Iron overload presenting as exacerbation of hepatic graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) after allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation has not been previously described. We report 6 patients with established hepatic GVHD in whom iron overload (median serum ferritin, 7231 mug/dL; median transferrin saturation, 77%) resulting from a lifetime median of(More)
Patients with multiple myeloma (MM) invariably relapse with chemotherapy-resistant disease, underscoring the need for new agents that bypass these resistance mechanisms. We have reported that ascorbic acid (AA) enhances the activity of arsenic trioxide (As(2)0(3)) against drug-resistant MM in vitro by depleting intracellular glutathione (GSH). These data(More)
Tacrolimus (Tac) plus methotrexate (MTX) is a standard regimen for graft-versus-host disease (GVHD) prophylaxis. Mycophenolate mofetil (MMF) is sometimes used instead of MTX to minimize toxicity, despite the lack of controlled studies demonstrating efficacy. We conducted a single-center, randomized phase II trial comparing Tac + MMF to Tac + MTX.(More)
BACKGROUND Cytomegalovirus reactivation occurs within 6 months in 60-70% of cytomegalovirus-seropositive patients after allogeneic haemopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT), mainly due to immunosuppression associated with the procedure. Pre-emptive antiviral therapy reduces incidence of cytomegalovirus disease but can be toxic. To reduce the potential(More)
We aimed to evaluate the safety and efficacy of fludarabine (FLU) and pharmacokinetic-targeted busulfan (BU) as conditioning regimen for hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) in adult patients with acute lymphoid leukemia (ALL). Forty-four patients with ALL (27 in first complete remission [CR1] and 17 in more advanced disease stage: 4 with primary(More)
The past 2 decades have brought major advances to clinicians' understanding of the complexities of chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Novel biologic and genetic markers are providing tools for more accurate prediction of responses, disease progression, and survival of patients across different stages of CLL. Several multivariate analyses have confirmed(More)
In patients with multiple myeloma (MM) undergoing autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (auto-HCT), peripheral blood progenitor cells may be collected following mobilization with growth factor alone (GF) or cytotoxic chemotherapy plus GF (CC+GF). It is uncertain whether the method of mobilization affects post-transplant outcomes. We compared these(More)
BACKGROUND Despite scientific advances in hematopoietic cell allografting, glucocorticoid-refractory acute (aGVHD) and chronic graft-versus-host disease (cGVHD) represent major sources of transplant-related morbidity and mortality. We aimed to characterize the activity of pentostatin as rescue therapy for refractory GVHD. MATERIAL/METHODS In a(More)