Randomization reveals unexpected acute leukemias in Southwest Oncology Group prostate cancer trial

Thomas W. Flaig, Catherine M. Tangen, Maha H A Hussain, Walter M. Stadler, Derek Raghavan, E. David Crawford, L. Michael Glodé

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Purpose: Southwest Oncology Group (SWOG) study 9921 is a randomized, phase III, intergroup study to define the role of adjuvant chemotherapy in patients with high-risk prostate cancer. Patients and Methods: We allocated 983 patients with prostate cancer with high-risk features to receive 2 years of androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) with or without six cycles of mitoxantrone (12 mg/m2) after prostatectomy. Results: In January 2007, SWOG 9921 was closed to further accrual after three cases of acute myelogenous leukemia (AML) were reported of a total of 487 patients in the mitoxantrone treatment arm. The key cytogenetic features of these cases included inv(16) in the first case, t(15;17) in the second, and del(5) in the third case. Time from the start of mitoxantrone to the detection of AML was 13, 48, and 72 months, respectively. Before SWOG 9921, there were no cases of mitoxantrone-induced AML reported in patients treated for prostate cancer. Conclusion: The emergence of this possible pattern of secondary malignancy emphasizes the importance of randomized controlled trials in defining safety and efficacy of new approaches for patients in the adjuvant setting.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1532-1536
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number9
StatePublished - 2008

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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