Second solid cancers after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation using reduced intensity conditioning.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Biology of blood and marrow transplantation : journal of the American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (2014)


2014, August 2014, Clinical Research Division


We examined risk of second solid cancers after allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (AHCT) using reduced intensity/non-myeloablative conditioning (RIC/NMC). RIC/NMC recipients with leukemia/myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS) (n=2833) and lymphoma (n=1436) between 1995-2006 were included. In addition, RIC/NMC recipients 40-60 years of age (n=2138) were compared with patients of the same age receiving myeloablative conditioning (MAC, n=6428). The cumulative incidence of solid cancers was 3.35% at 10-years. There was no increase in overall cancer risk compared to the general population (standardized incidence ratio [SIR] 0.99, P=1.00 for leukemia/MDS and 0.92, P=0.75 for lymphoma). However, risks were significantly increased in leukemia/MDS patients for cancers of lip (SIR 14.28), tonsil (SIR 8.66), oropharynx (SIR 46.70), bone (SIR 23.53), soft tissue (SIR 12.92), and vulva (SIR 18.55) and skin melanoma (SIR 3.04). Lymphoma patients had significantly higher risks of oropharyngeal cancer (SIR 67.35) and skin melanoma (SIR 3.52). Among RIC/NMC recipients, age >50 years was the only independent risk factor for solid cancers (hazard ratio [HR] 3.02, P<0.001). Among patients age 40-60 years, when adjusted for other factors, there was no difference in cancer risks between RIC/NMC and MAC in leukemia/MDS patients (HR 0.98, P=0.905). In lymphoma patients, risks were lower after RIC/NMC (HR 0.51, P=0.047). In conclusion, the overall risks of second solid cancers in RIC/NMC recipients are similar to the general population, although there is an increased risk of cancer at some sites. Studies with longer follow-up are needed to realize the complete risks of solid cancers after RIC/NMC AHCT.