Journal article

Failure to achieve a major cytogenetic response by 12 months defines inadequate response in patients receiving nilotinib or dasatinib as second or subsequent line therapy for chronic myeloid leukemia

Constantine S Tam, Hagop Kantarjian, Guillermo Garcia-Manero, Gautam Borthakur, Susan O'Brien, Farhad Ravandi, Jenny Shan, Jorge Cortes

BLOOD | AMER SOC HEMATOLOGY | Published : 2008


To determine when patients with incomplete responses on second-line tyrosine kinase inhibitor (2TKI) therapy should consider alternative treatment, we analyzed the outcome of 113 patients receiving nilotinib (n = 43) or dasatinib (n = 70) after imatinib failure. After 12 months of 2TKI therapy, patients achieving a major cytogenetic response (12MMCyR) had a significant survival advantage over patients in minor cytogenetic response or complete hematologic response, with a projected one-year survival of 97% and 84% respectively (P = .02). Projected 1-year progression to hematologic failure, accelerated phase, or blast phase was also significantly different (3% vs 17%, P = .003). Early cytogene..

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