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Acute Lymphoblastic Leukaemia in Adults in the Northern Region of England - A Study of 75 Cases

S. J. PROCTOR, P. TAYLOR, R. B. THOMPSON, R. FINNEY, M. M. REID, P. J. HAMILTON, P. SAUNDERS, B. FAIL, A. DICKINSON, B. PAUL, M. QURESHI, H. TINEGATE, A. LENNARD, D. STAINSBY, D. GOFF, L. KAY, R. CARTNER, A. MAMOOD, T. BIRD, P. CONDIE, A. COLLINS, M. ABELA, L. RENWICK, W. WALKER, R. G. B. EVANS
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/ 761-774 First published online: 1 November 1985

Abstract

SUMMARY Over a ten-year period we have studied 75 cases of adult acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) Sixty of the cases were seen from 1979 to 1984 and represent an unselected series of all known cases in a region of 3 000 000 people. Study of these patients has given further insight into the heterogeneous, clinical and cytological nature of adult ALL. Three protocols have been used and results are presented indicating that conventional approaches to treatment in this disease are unsatisfactory. Not all patients could be entered on protocols but these patients are included to give the overall perspective of this disease in clinical practice. A new strategy is proposed which envisages abandoning traditional maintenance chemotherapy in favour of either allogeneic marrow transplant or autologous transplant in first remission in the post-consolidation phase. Preliminary results of this flexible approach are given.