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Long-term benefits for patients with hematologic malignancies were seen with allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant (allo-HSCT) and omidubicel, in comparison with umbilical cord blood transplant (UCBT). This is according to follow-up results of a phase 3 trial presented at the Tandem Meetings 2022.

Omidubicel is a cell therapy associated with preserved stem cell function and optimized homing and self-renewal, according to the researchers. Earlier trial analyses of primary and secondary endpoints suggested the combination of allo-HSCT and omidubicel was superior to standard UCBT in this study population. In the current analysis, the researchers presented follow-up results from 1 year after transplantation.

The randomized, multicenter study included patients with hematologic malignancies from 7 nations. The follow-up report emphasized endpoints of 1-year nonrelapse mortality (NRM), disease-free survival (DFS), overall survival (OS), relapse, and grade 3 viral infections that occurred by 15 months postrandomization. However, the study was not powered to determine statistical differences between treatment arms for these analyses.

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The median follow-up for the presented analysis was 14 months (range, 1-20 months). The study population consisted of 125 patients, many of whom had acute leukemia and moderate- to high-risk disease. The median patient age was 41 years.

The 1-year cumulative incidence of NRM was 15% for patients receiving allo-HSCT with omidubicel, and it was 29% for patients in the UCBT arm (P =.068). OS rates were 73% for the omidubicel arm and 60% for the UCBT arm (P =.13). The adjusted hazard ratio for mortality trended toward favoring the omidubicel arm, at 0.61 (95% CI, 0.32-1.15; P =.075).

DFS was similar between the treatment arms. The DFS rate was 63% for the omidubicel arm and 56% for the UCBT arm (P =.4). The cumulative incidence of relapse was also similar between arms, at 23% for the omidubicel arm and at 16% for the UCBT arm (P =.32).

The 1-year incidence of grade 3 viral infections was 8% for the omidubicel arm and 27% for the UCBT arm (P =.04). The 1-year incidence of grade 2 or 3 bacterial or invasive fungal infections was 45% for the omidubicel arm and 70% for the UCBT arm.

The researchers concluded that use of omidubicel was linked to long-term benefits over UCBT in terms of 1-year NRM and relapse rates. They also noted that the OS rates show a trend toward favoring the omidubicel arm over time, and they considered the option of using omidubicel to be supported by its clinical benefit.

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Horwitz ME, Stiff P, Cutler C, et al. Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell (allo-HSCT) transplant with omidubicel demonstrates sustained clinical improvement versus standard myeloablative umbilical cord blood transplantation (UCBT): final results of a phase III randomized, multicenter study. Tandem Meetings 2022; April 23-26, 2022. Abstract 86.

This article originally appeared on Hematology Advisor