Dasatinib vs imatinib for paediatric Ph ALL

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Published: 12 Dec 2019
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Dr Ching-Hon Pui - St Jude's Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, USA

Dr Pui talks to ecancer at ASH 2019 about his study to determine whether dasatinib given at 80 mg/m2 is more effective than imatinib at 300 mg/m2 to improve event-free survival of children with Philadelphia chromosome-positive ALL, in the context of intensive chemotherapy without prophylactic cranial irradiation.

225 patients were studied with a median follow-up of 26.1 months (IQR 16.3-34.1), the 4-year event-free survival rate was 71.0% (95% CI 56.2-89.6) in the dasatinib group and 48.9% (95% CI 32.0-74.5, p=0.005) in the imatinib group (hazard ratio 2.36, 95% CI 1.27-4.40, p=0.007).

The 4-year cumulative risk of any relapse was 19.8% (95% CI 4.2-35.4) in the dasatinib group and 34.4% (95% CI 15.6-53.2) in the imatinib group (p=0.01), while the 4-year cumulative risk of an isolated central-nervous-system relapse was 2.7% (95% CI 0.0-8.1) in the dasatinib group and 8.4% (95% CI -1.2-15.6) in the imatinib group (p=0.06).

There were no significant differences in the frequency of severe toxicities between the two treatment groups.

Intensive chemotherapy including dasatinib at 80 mg/m2 per day yielded superior results in the treatment of Philadelphia chromosome-positive ALL compared to imatinib at 300 mg/m2 per day and provided excellent control of central-nervous-system leukaemia without the use of prophylactic cranial irradiation.

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