Adult T-cell leukemia-lymphoma (ATL) is an intractable mature T-cell neoplasm. We performed a nationwide retrospective study of allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) for ATL in Japan, with special emphasis on the effects of the preconditioning regimen. This is the largest study ofATL patients receiving HSCT. Median overall survival (OS) and 3-year OS of bone marrow or peripheral blood transplantation recipients (n = 586) was 9.9 months (95% confidence interval, 7.4-13.2 months) and 36% (32%-41%), respectively. These values for recipients of myeloablative conditioning (MAC; n = 280) and reduced intensity conditioning (RIC; n = 306) were 9.5 months (6.7-18.0 months) and 39% (33%-45%) and 10.0 months (7.2-14.0 months) and 34% (29%-40%), respectively. Multivariate analysis demonstrated 5 significant variables contributing to poorer OS, namely, older age, male sex, not in complete remission, poor performance status, and transplantation from unrelated donors. Although no significant difference in OS between MAC and RIC was observed, there was a trend indicating that RIC contributed to better OS in older patients. Regarding mortality, RIC was significantly associated with ATL-related mortality compared with MAC. In conclusion, allogeneic HSCT not only with MAC but also with RIC is an effective treatment resulting in long-term survival in selected patients with ATL.
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