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Permanent URL to this publication: http://dx.doi.org/10.5167/uzh-38741

Samaras, P; Buset, E M; Siciliano, R D; Haile, S R; Petrausch, U; Mischo, A; Honegger, H; Pestalozzi, B C; Schanz, U; Stüssi, G; Stahel, R A; Knuth, A; Renner, C; Stenner-Liewen, F (2010). Equivalence of pegfilgrastim and filgrastim in lymphoma patients treated with BEAM followed by autologous stem cell transplantation. Oncology, 79(1-2):93-97.

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Objective: To evaluate the impact of pegfilgrastim on engraftment, hospital stay and resources in patients with Hodgkin's and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma after conditioning with high-dose BEAM followed by autologous peripheral blood stem cell transplantation (APBSCT) compared with filgrastim. Methods: We reviewed patient charts and our prospective transplantation database for clinical data from the post-transplant period. An integrated cost analysis, including the use of blood products and length of hospital stay, was also performed. Results: Fourteen (26%) patients with Hodgkin's lymphoma and 40 (74%) patients with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma were analyzed. Thirty-four (68%) patients received single-dose pegfilgrastim (6 mg), and 20 (32%) patients received daily filgrastim (5 μg/kg) after APBSCT. No differences were observed regarding duration of neutropenia grade 4 (pegfilgrastim median 7 days/filgrastim median 8 days; p = 0.13), thrombocytopenia grade 4 (7/9.5 days, respectively; p = 0.21), fever (4.5/2 days; p = 0.057), intravenous antibiotic treatment (11/10 days; p = 0.75) or length of hospital stay (16.5/16 days; p = 0.27) between the groups. The use of pegfilgrastim resulted in 12% higher treatment-related costs when compared to filgrastim, without reaching statistical significance (p = 0.38). Conclusion: Pegfilgrastim appears to be equivalent to filgrastim after high-dose BEAM followed by APBSCT in the treatment of lymphoma patients.


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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Hematology
04 Faculty of Medicine > Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Prevention Institute (EBPI)
04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Oncology
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Deposited On:06 Jan 2011 11:11
Last Modified:01 Jul 2016 13:48
Publisher DOI:10.1159/000320604
PubMed ID:21079406

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