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Allogeneic stem-cell transplantation (SCT) with both myeloablative and reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) is an effective therapy in AML/MDS. However, the relative merits of each may differ in different settings. To define the role of dose intensity, we analyzed SCT outcomes of 112 consecutive patients with AML/MDS. A total of 45 patients met eligibility(More)
High-dose chemotherapy and autologous stem cell transplantation (SCT) have limited success in patients with refractory aggressive lymphoma. Allogeneic SCT may offer some advantage in this setting by providing graft-versus-lymphoma effect, but the relapse risk remains substantial. In this study, we evaluated the safety and efficacy of rituximab(More)
We report long-term outcome in 102 patients with cCML transplanted from an HLA-identical sibling donor from 1982 to 1998. The conditioning regimen was based on cyclophosphamide associated with either total body irradiation (TBI) (37 patients) or with busulfan (63 patients). Graft-versus-host disease (GvHD) prophylaxis consisted of cyclosporin and(More)
We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of all trials comparing MMF and methotrexate as GVHD prophylaxis. Our search yielded 11 studies; 3 were randomized-control trials (RCTs). While the incidence of grades 2-4 acute GVHD was comparable, the incidence of grades 3 and 4 acute GVHD was higher in patients given MMF (RR 1.61; 95% CI 1.18-2.30).(More)
Allogeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT) is a potentially curative approach for patients with hematological malignancies. Reduced-intensity conditioning regimens allow SCT in elderly patients; however, there are only limited data on the feasibility and outcomes of unrelated donor SCT in these patients. In this study, we analyzed, retrospectively, data of(More)
Hypomethylating agents have recently been shown to improve the outcome of patients with myelodysplastic syndrome. A meta-analysis and systematic review was carried out of randomized controlled trials comparing treatment with hypomethylating agents to conventional care, i.e., best supportive care or chemotherapy, in patients with myelodysplastic syndrome.(More)
The hepatopulmonary syndrome is defined as the triad of liver disease, hypoxaemia and intrapulmonary vascular dilatation. This syndrome has been described in patients with liver cirrhosis, noncirrhotic portal hypertension, and fulminant hepatic failure, however, there are no previous descriptions of hepatopulmonary syndrome in patients with acute(More)
PURPOSE To evaluate the effect of antifungal prophylaxis on all-cause mortality as primary outcome, invasive fungal infections (IFIs), and adverse events. Many studies have evaluated the role of antifungal prophylaxis in cancer patients, with inconsistent conclusions. METHODS We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized, controlled(More)
PURPOSE Antiviral prophylaxis is commonly prescribed to haematological cancer patients. We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to quantify its overall benefit in specific clinical scenarios. METHODS Randomised controlled trials assessing antiviral prophylaxis versus placebo, no treatment, pre-emptive treatment or another antiviral drug were(More)
BACKGROUND High-dose chemotherapy combined with autologous stem-cell transplantation (ASCT) is the standard therapy for refractory/relapsed aggressive lymphoma. In the era of rituximab-containing frontline regimens, it is becoming more challenging to salvage patients in this setting, and novel approaches are required. This is a randomized study evaluating(More)