We designed a post-induction therapy including intensive sequential therapy with non-cross-resistant drugs in an effort to prolong disease-free survival (DFS) for adults with acute myelogenous leukemia. Forty-five patients entered this study and 33 of 35 patients entering complete remission received the post-induction therapy. With a median follow-up for survivors of 3.5 years from complete remission, the actuarial 5-year DFS was 46% ± 19% (95% confidence interval). The five-year DFS for patients over 45 years of age was comparable to that for patients under 45 years of age (50% ± 26% vs 47% ± 28%). Furthermore, the actuarial 5-year DFS for patients who required two courses of induction therapy was comparable to that for patients who required only one course of induction therapy (45% ± 29% vs 50% ± 25%). The toxicity of post-induction therapy was tolerable and no patients died during complete remission.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Cancer Research