Frontline chemoimmunotherapy with fludarabine, cyclophosphamide, and rituximab (FCR) is associated with superior overall survival (OS) for patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL). Alemtuzumab (A) was added to FCR (CFAR) in a phase 2 trial for high-risk untreated patients < 70 years with serum β-2 microglobulin (β2M) ≥ 4 mg/L. Sixty patients were enrolled; median age was 59 years (range, 42-69); 75% were male; median β2M was 5.1 mg/L (range, 4-11.6); and 51% were Rai III-IV. Complete remission (CR) was achieved in 70%, partial remission (PR) in 18%, nodular PR in 3%, for an overall response of 92%. Of 14 patients with 17p deletion, CR was achieved by 8 (57%). Of 57 BM samples evaluated by 3-color flow cytometry at the end of treatment, 41 (72%) were negative for residual disease. Grade 3-4 neutropenia and thrombocytopenia occurred with 33% and 13% courses, respectively. The median progression-free survival was 38 months and median OS was not reached. In conclusion, CFAR is an active frontline regimen for high-risk CLL. Response rates and survival are comparable with historic high-risk FCR-treated patients. CFAR may be a useful frontline regimen to achieve CR in patients with 17p deletion before allogeneic stem cell transplantation.
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