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Treatment of refractory/relapsed adult acute lymphoblastic leukemia with bortezomib- based chemotherapy

Authors Zhao J, Wang C, Song Y, Liu Y, Fang B

Received 20 December 2013

Accepted for publication 4 February 2014

Published 12 June 2015 Volume 2015:8 Pages 211—214


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Junmei Zhao,* Chao Wang,* Yongping Song, Yuzhang Liu, Baijun Fang

Henan Key Lab of Experimental Haematology, Henan Institute of Haematology, Henan Tumor Hospital, Zhengzhou University, Zhengzhou, People’s Republic of China
*These authors contributed equally to this work

Abstract: Nine pretreated patients aged >19 years with relapsed/refractory acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) were treated with a combination of bortezomib plus chemotherapy before allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-HSCT). Eight (88.9%) patients, including two Philadelphia chromosome-positive ALL patients, achieved a complete remission. Furthermore, the evaluable patients have benefited from allo-HSCT after response to this reinduction treatment. We conclude that bortezomib-based chemotherapy was highly effective for adults with refractory/relapsed ALL before allo-HSCT. Therefore, this regimen deserves a larger series within prospective trials to confirm these results.

Keywords: acute lymphoblastic leukemia, refractory, relapsed, bortezomib

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