Reduced-Intensity Haploidentical Bone Marrow Transplantation with Post-Transplant Cyclophosphamide for Solid Tumors in Pediatric and Young Adult Patients

Nicolas Llosa, Kenneth R Cooke, Allen R Chen, Christopher Gamper, Orly Klein, Elias Zambidis, Brandon Luber, Gary Rosner, Nicholas Siegel, Mary Jo Holuba, Nancy Robey, Masanori Hayashi, Richard J Jones, Ephraim J Fuchs, Matthias Holdhoff, David M. Loeb, Heather Symons

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High-risk, recurrent, or refractory solid tumors in pediatric, adolescent, and young adult (AYA) patients have an extremely poor prognosis despite current intensive treatment regimens. We piloted an allogeneic bone marrow transplant platform using reduced-intensity conditioning (RIC) and partially HLA-mismatched (haploidentical) related donors for this population of pediatric and AYA solid tumor patients. Sixteen patients received fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, melphalan, and low-dose total body irradiation RIC haploidentical BMT (haploBMT) followed by post-transplantation cyclophosphamide (PTCy), mycophenolate mofetil, and sirolimus. All assessable patients were full donor chimeras on day 30 with a median neutrophil recovery of 19 days and platelet recovery of 21 days. One patient (7%) exhibited secondary graft failure associated with concomitant infection. The median follow-up time was 15 months. Overall survival was 88%, 56%, and 21% at 6, 12, and 24 months, respectively. Median survival from transplant date was 14 months with a median progression-free survival 7 months. We observed limited graft-versus-host disease in 3 patients and nonrelapse mortality in 1 patient. We demonstrated that RIC haploBMT with PTCy is feasible and has acceptable toxicities in patients with incurable pediatric and AYA solid tumors; thus, this approach serves as a platform for post-transplant strategies to prevent relapse and optimize progression-free survival.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalBiology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2017



  • Adolescent and young adult
  • Cyclophosphamide
  • Haploidentical bone marrow transplantation
  • High-risk solid tumors
  • Pediatric
  • Reduced-intensity conditioning
  • Sirolimus

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Transplantation

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