333O - Post-transplantation positron emission tomography scan is the main predictor of autologous stem cell transplantation outcome in diffuse large B cel...

Date 19 December 2016
Event ESMO Asia 2016 Congress
Session Haematological malignancies
Topics Lymphomas
Staging procedures (clinical staging)
Presenter Zhitao Ying
Citation Annals of Oncology (2016) 27 (suppl_9): ix104-ix111. 10.1093/annonc/mdw586
Authors Z. Ying1, X. Wang2, Y. Zhang2, Y. Song1, W. Zheng1, X. Wang1, Y. Xie1, N. Lin1, M. Tu1, C. Zhang1, L. Ping1, W. Liu1, L. Deng1, J. Zhu1
  • 1Lymphoma, Peking University Cancer Hospital-Beijing Cancer Hospital, 100142 - Beijing/CN
  • 2Nuclear Medicine, Peking University Cancer Hospital-Beijing Cancer Hospital, 100142 - Beijing/CN



The predictive value of 18F-FDG PET in patients with diffuse large B cell lymphoma (DLBCL) who are receiving high-dose chemotherapy and autologous stem cell transplantation (HDC-ASCT) remains a matter of debate. This study evaluated the role of 18F-FDG PET scan in patients with DLBCL before and after ASCT.


Between Nov 2010 and Dec 2014, 65 patients with diffuse large B cell lymphoma were treated with HDC-ASCT at Peking University Cancer Hospital. 48 patients underwent PET imaging either before or after ASCT. Deauville criteria (5-point scale) was used to define negative (score 1,2 or 3) or positive (score 4 or 5) PET. The impact of pre- or post-ASCT PET on predicting prognosis were retrospectively analyzed.


Median age was 43. The median follow-up time was 30.5 months. In a univariate analysis, negative pre- and post-ASCT PET was associated with better progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) than positive pre- and post-ASCT PET (pre-ASCT PET, p = 0.007, p = 0.011; post-ASCT PET, p = 0.00, p = 0.00). Patients were also classified into four groups according to PET results before and after ASCT: those who were negative before and after (-/-; n = 26), positive before and negative after (+/-; n = 6), positive before and after (+/-; n = 8), negative before and positive after (-/+, n = 2). PFS and OS were significantly better for the -/- and +/- groups as compared with other groups (p = 0.00, p = 0.00). More importantly, there was no difference in terms of PFS and OS between the -/- group compared with +/- group. In the multivariate analysis, post-ASCT was identified as the only independent prognostic factor (PFS, p = 0.001; OS, p = 0.007).


Our study demonstrated post-ASCT PET is the main prognostic factor in patients with DLBCL.

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Peking University Cancer Hospital IRB


Peking University Cancer Hospital


All authors have declared no conflicts of interest.