The Keio Journal of Medicine
Online ISSN : 1880-1293
Print ISSN : 0022-9717
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Current results on the use of imatinib mesylate in patients with relapsed philadelphia chromosome positive leukemia after allogeneic or syngeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation
Andrew J. UllmannGeorg HessKarin KolbeA. Friedrich-FreksaRalf G. MeyerHarald GschaidmeierChristoph HuberThomas Fischer
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2003 Volume 52 Issue 3 Pages 182-188


Here, we describe a patient diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia who relapsed after matched unrelated donor SCT. The patient was treated with imatinib mesylate and donor lymphocyte infusions, and achieved a complete molecular remission. Additionally, safety and efficacy of imatinib mesylate in a total of 134 patients from 8 centers who underwent allogeneic or syngeneic stem cell transplantation (SCT) and had a relapse of Philadelphia chromosome positive leukemia was reviewed. Data was compiled from abstracts accepted as oral or poster presentations at the ASH (American Society of Hematology) 2001 and EBMT (European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation) 2001 & 2002 meetings and additionally literature published on this patient group. Efficacy of imatinib therapy was assessed by morphology, cytogenetic analysis, and determination of donor chimerism. In the evaluable population, hematologic and cytogenetic responses were observed in 66% and 60% of the patients, respectively. Fifty-one of 114 (45%) patients achieved a complete cytogenetic response. No response or progress of disease was noted in 22 out of evaluable 91 patients. The observation period was limited to a maximum of 28 months. A significant improvement in donor chimerism was frequently observed. Only five cases of significant GVHD were reported. Preliminary results show that imatinib mesylate has the potential to positively influence the ratio of donor and recipient cells without inducing a high incidence of severe GVHD. The data suggest that earlier start of imatinib mesylate prior to hematologic relapse in minimum residual disease (MRD) positive patients is a promising treatment concept.

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