Is It Time to Revisit the Role of Allogeneic Transplantation in Lymphoma?

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Purpose of Review: A multitude of new drug and cell therapy approvals for lymphoma has prompted questions about the role of allogeneic blood or marrow transplantation (allo-BMT). We sought to review the latest evidence examining the role of allo-BMT for lymphoma in this evolving landscape. Recent Findings: Despite several new drug classes, there remains a large unmet need, particularly in hard to treat subtypes of lymphoma and for patients with relapsed/refractory disease. Allo-BMT can provide an opportunity for cure due to a potent graft vs lymphoma effect in high-risk relapse/refractory follicular lymphoma, mantle cell lymphoma, and aggressive T cell lymphomas. Chimeric antigen receptor T cell therapy and checkpoint blockers have improved outcomes for patients with relapsed /aggressive B cell lymphomas and Hodgkin lymphoma respectively; the role of allo-BMT consolidation in the treatment algorithm for responders to these therapies is an evolving topic. Summary: Expanded donor availability including haploidentical relatives has improved access to allo-BMT. Non-myeloablative conditioning regimens and post-transplant cyclophosphamide prophylaxis have improved early transplant-related morbidity and rates of graft versus host disease and translated into long-term survival for patients with lymphoid malignancies. Patient selection remains key, but allo-BMT remains the only modality able to deliver durable long-term remissions across different types of lymphoma.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number65
JournalCurrent oncology reports
Issue number7
StatePublished - Jul 1 2019


  • Allogeneic transplant
  • Diffuse large B cell lymphoma
  • Graft vs host disease
  • Graft-versus-lymphoma effect
  • Hodgkin lymphoma
  • Lymphoma
  • Mantle cell lymphoma
  • Non-Hodgkin lymphoma

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology


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