Competing-risk outcomes after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation from the perspective of time-dependent effects

  • Daniel Fuerst
  • Sandra Frank
  • Carlheinz Mueller
  • Dietrich W Beelen
  • Johannes Schetelig
  • Dietger Niederwieser
  • Jürgen Finke
  • Donald Bunjes
  • Nicolaus Kröger
  • Christine Neuchel
  • Chrysanthi Tsamadou
  • Hubert Schrezenmeier
  • Jan Beyersmann
  • Joannis Mytilineos


The success of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation is determined by multiple factors. Additional complexity is conferred by covariables showing time-dependent effects. We evaluated the effect of predictors on competing-risk outcomes after hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in a time-dependent manner. We analyzed 14951 outcomes of adult patients with hematologic malignancies who underwent a first allogeneic transplant. We extended the combined endpoints of disease-free and overall survival to competing-risk settings: disease-free survival was split into relapse and non-relapse mortality. Overall survival was divided into transplant-related mortality, death from other causes and death from unknown causes. For time-dependent effects we computed estimators before and after a covariable-specific cut-point. Patients treated with reduced intensity conditioning had a constantly higher risk of relapse compared to patients treated with myeloablative conditioning. For non-relapse mortality, patients treated with reduced intensity conditioning had a reduced mortality risk but this effect was only seen in the first 4 months after transplantation (hazard ratio: 0.76, P<0.001) and not afterwards. Graft source exhibited a time-dependent effect on both transplant-related mortality (in first year: hazard ratio 0.70, P<0.001; after first year: hazard ratio 1.47, P=0.002) and non-relapse mortality (in first 8 months: hazard ratio 0.75, P<0.001; after first 8 months: hazard ratio 1.38, P<0.001). Patients with a poor Karnofsky performance score (<80) had a considerably higher risk of all endpoints in the first 4 months. The competing-risk analysis for overall survival and disease-free survival allows resolution of effects with different vectors early and later after stem cell transplantation, as shown for graft source. This information may be useful in risk assessment of treatment choices and for counseling patients on an individual basis.

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StatusVeröffentlicht - 09.2018
PubMed 29880610