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The combination of carmustine, etoposide, aracytin, and melphalan(BEAM) conditioning regimen in autologous stem-cell transplantation (ASCT) is widely used in patients with relapsed/refractory non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) and Hodgkin lymphoma. It is also an option in patients with very-high risk aggressive NHL in first complete remission (CR). Recently, a phase Ib-II feasibility study using bendamustine replacing carmustine (BCNU) was reported. We report herein a safety and efficacy analysis of bendamustine-EAM (BeEAM) with a control BEAM counterpart paired cohort (1/2). One hundred and two patients were analyzed. Overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) were not reached and seemed to be comparable between both groups. However, grade III or greater diarrhea was significantly higher in BeEAM patients (44 vs. 15%, p = .002). The median number of days with fever >38 °C was significantly higher in BeEAM group (5.5 vs. 2, p < .001). This case-control study suggests that BeEAM followed by ASCT using bendamustine at 100 mg/m2/d is effective but has a different toxicity profile than the BEAM regimen.


Khalil Saleh, Alina Danu, Serge Koscielny, Clémence Legoupil, Sylvain Pilorge, Cristina Castilla-Llorente, David Ghez, Julien Lazarovici, Jean-Marie Michot, Nadine Khalife-Saleh, Valerie Lapierre, Kamelia Alenxandrova, Julia Arfi-Rouche, Jean-Henri Bourhis, Vincent Ribrag. A retrospective, matched paired analysis comparing bendamustine containing BeEAM versus BEAM conditioning regimen: results from a single center experience. Leukemia & lymphoma. 2017 Nov 22:1-8

PMID: 29164977

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