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Multidimensional geriatric assessment for elderly hematological patients (≥60 years) submitted to allogeneic stem cell transplantation. A French–Italian 10-year experience on 228 patients


Nowadays, the evaluation of elderly patients' eligibility for allogeneic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) is crucial. We evaluated the feasibility and efficacy of a multidimensional geriatric assessment, the Fondazione Italiana Linfomi (FIL) score, on a cohort of 228 patients older than 60 years submitted to allo-SCT in Italy and France from 2008 to 2018. Based on FIL score, available in 215 patients, 125 (58%) patients were classified as “fit” and 90 as “unfit/frail.” The hematopoietic cell transplantation-specific comorbidity index (HCT-CI) was measured in 222 patients (97%); 71 (32%) patients had HCT-CI 0, 75 (34%) patients scored 1–2, and 76 (34%) ≥3. A total of 121 (53%) patients died after a median follow-up of 36 months. FIL score was found to highly predict survival, due to an excess of NRM in unfit/frail group, and confirmed its independent prognostic role on OS (HR: 0.37; 95% CI: 0.25–0.55; p < 0.0001). On the contrary, the HCI-CI failed in allo-SCT outcome prediction (HR: 1.06; 95% CI: 0.96–1.16; p = 0.27). In summary, a comprehensive geriatric assessment with FIL score seems to add significant prognostic information in elderly patients submitted to allo-SCT. The pretransplant adoption of this easy-to-use tool could help the patients’ selection and management.

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Fig. 1: Outcomes after allo-SCT.
Fig. 2: Karnofsky Performance Status distribution among different FIL categories (overall p value < 0.001).
Fig. 3: Outcomes after allo-SCT according to HCT-CI and CIRS-G score.
Fig. 4: Outcomes after allo-SCT according to FIL score.
Fig. 5: Factors associated with OS and NRM.


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Polverelli, N., Tura, P., Battipaglia, G. et al. Multidimensional geriatric assessment for elderly hematological patients (≥60 years) submitted to allogeneic stem cell transplantation. A French–Italian 10-year experience on 228 patients. Bone Marrow Transplant 55, 2224–2233 (2020).

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