BACKGROUND: The role of autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) in the first complete remission (CR1) of peripheral T-cell lymphomas (PTCLs) is not well defined. This study analyzed the impact of ASCT on the clinical outcomes of patients with newly diagnosed PTCL in CR1.METHODS: Patients with newly diagnosed, histologically confirmed, aggressive PTCL were prospectively enrolled into the Comprehensive Oncology Measures for Peripheral T-Cell Lymphoma Treatment (COMPLETE) study, and those in CR1 were included in this analysis.RESULTS: Two hundred thirteen patients with PTCL achieved CR1, and 119 patients with nodal PTCL, defined as anaplastic lymphoma kinase-negative anaplastic large cell lymphoma, angioimmunoblastic T-cell lymphoma (AITL), or PTCL not otherwise specified, were identified. Eighty-three patients did not undergo ASCT, whereas 36 underwent consolidative ASCT in CR1. At the median follow-up of 2.8 years, the median overall survival was not reached for the entire cohort of patients who underwent ASCT, whereas it was 57.6 months for those not receiving ASCT (P = .06). ASCT was associated with superior survival for patients with advanced-stage disease or intermediate-to-high International Prognostic Index scores. ASCT significantly improved overall and progression-free survival for patients with AITL but not for patients with other PTCL subtypes. In a multivariable analysis, ASCT was independently associated with improved survival (hazard ratio, 0.37; 95% confidence interval, 0.15-0.89).CONCLUSIONS: This is the first large prospective cohort study directly comparing the survival outcomes of patients with nodal PTCL in CR1 with or without consolidative ASCT. ASCT may provide a benefit in specific clinical scenarios, but the broader applicability of this strategy should be determined in prospective, randomized trials. These results provide a platform for designing future studies of previously untreated PTCL.
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