Annals of Hematology

, Volume 96, Issue 5, pp 787–796 | Cite as

Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas: a retrospective analysis of 77 cases

  • Ana M. Picleanu
  • Silvana Novelli
  • Anna Monter
  • Irene Garcia-Cadenas
  • Ana C. Caballero
  • Rodrigo Martino
  • Albert Esquirol
  • Javier Briones
  • Jorge Sierra
Original Article


Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) is a therapeutic option for relapsed, advanced, and otherwise incurable non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas (NHL) suggested by the existence of a graft-versus-lymphoma effect. The main complications are graft-versus-host disease and infections. We performed a retrospective analysis of patients with NHL, who received an allo-SCT between January 1995 and December 2014. The parameters that had an impact on overall survival were age ≤60 years old, chemosensitive disease pre-allo-SCT, and indolent NHL histology. The parameters that had an impact on progression-free survival were age ≤60 years old and chemosensitive disease pre-allo-SCT. Only aggressive NHL histology and refractory disease pre-allo-SCT showed an increased risk of death in the multivariate model. The use of allo-SCT for young patients with multiple relapsed chemosensitive indolent NHL is a suitable option. Despite poor prognosis, young aggressive NHL patients can be considered for allo-SCT provided they have chemosensitive disease.


Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation Allo-SCT Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma 



This study was supported in part by grants AGAUR 2014SGR-1281 and ISCIII RD12/0036/0071 and a grant from Cellex Research Foundation, Barcelona, Spain.

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Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Hematology DepartmentHospital FilantropiaCraiovaRomania
  2. 2.Hematology Department, Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau, José Carreras Leukemia Research Institute and IIB Sant PauUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain

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