A comparison of two regimens for high‐risk acute lymphocytic leukemia in childhood. A pediatric oncology group study

Jan Van Eys, Daisilee Berry, William Crist, Ed Doering, Donald Fernbach, Jeanette Pullen, Jon Shuster, And Moody Wharam

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Four hundred thirty patients with high‐risk acute lymphoid leukemia were entered on the acute leukemia in childhood protocol (AlinC 12) of the Pediatric Division of the Southwest Oncology Group (now the Pediatric Oncology Group) between 1976 and 1979. This study was a prospective randomized comparison of two regimens that had as their primary differences: (1) an intensification period with Cytoxan (cyclo‐phosphamide) and asparaginase after induction; (2) a period of intravenous methotrexate before initiating maintenance; and (3) in the regimen that had those two additions, triple‐drug chemoprophylaxis of the central nervous system (CNS) using methotrexate, hydrocortisone, and cytosine arabinoside as compared to cranial irradiation and intrathecal methotrexate. All patients received vincristine and prednisone induction, 6‐mercaptopurine and methotrexate maintenance, and vincristine and prednisone pulse intensification. There was no significant difference in the rate of bone marrow relapse. However, overall disease‐free survival favored the arm with intensification and chemoprophylaxis because of a lesser incidence of extramedullary relapse. Thus, for treatment 1 versus treatment 3 the two‐sided P values were for overall disease‐free survival 0.16; bone marrow relapses 0.13; all CNS relapses 0.04; and all extramedullary disease relapses 0.013. It is concluded that intensification as delivered in this protocol protects against testicular relapse and that chemoprophylaxis is adequate prophylaxis against isolated CNS relapse.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)23-29
Number of pages7
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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