EBMT NEWSLETTER | June 2016 | Volume 52 - Issue 3

Important dates
Prospective clinical trials
- RACE trial
- CMV Prophylaxis trial
Multiple Myeloma (MM) relapse data quality initiative
Outcomes of mismatched related HSCT in CLL
Current Treatment of HCV Infection after HSCT
IPAT: Impact of Pre-existing invasive Aspergillosis on allogeneic stem cell Transplantation
Pneumocystis Jirovecii Pneumonia (PcP) after Allogeneic HSCT
Fertility Cryopreservation Study in Cancer Patients

Prospective clinical trials

The EBMT Clinical Trials Office is currently working on two prospective clinical trials in addition to the older trials that are in long-term follow-up.

RACE trial 

PI’s: Regis Peffault de Latour, Antonio M Risitano
Sponsor: EBMT
Clinical Trial Coordinator: Marleen van Os
  • The first patient was recruited into this trial in July 2015 in St. Louis Hospital in Paris
  • 27 patients have been recruited across 11 open centres. A total of 200 patients are required for this trial
  • The countries open for recruitment are France, Italy, Netherlands, Spain and the UK
  • Approvals are in process for Germany and Switzerland
  • It is hoped that all centres will be open by October 2016 (depending on approvals)

CMV Prophylaxis trial 

EBMT Steering Group: Per Ljungman, Rafael Duarte
Sponsor: Merck
Clinical Trial Coordinator: Sue Philpott
  • Recruitment ended in March 2016 (3 months early)
  • 570 patients randomised (105%)
  • Data is currently being cleaned and analysed by Merck


The ASTIC trial was reported in JAMA on 15th December 2015.  Other trials are still in long term follow up and/or undergoing analysis.

If you have a new proposal for a Clinical Trial for the CT2 committee or any questions about the proposal process please contact liz.clark@ebmt.org.
Please consult the EBMT website for further information. 

Non-interventional study CALM

Collaboration to collect Autologous transplant outcomes in
Lymphoma and Myeloma. 

The deadline to send your data is June 30.
Please send them to: p.v.bosman@lumc.nl

Multiple Myeloma (MM) relapse data quality initiative

On behalf of the EBMT Chronic Malignancies Working Party (CMWP), the PCD 
sub-committee would like to invite you to participate in a retrospective study designed to improve the relapse data quality in MM of the EBMT registry. 

Queries were made on the database to discover possible missing data regarding relapse and transplant in MM.

If you qualify for this study, you received an email with prefilled excel file(s). Please complete this file and send it back to us as soon as possible. 

All future studies would benefit from this Data Quality Initiative. 

For more information, please contact Linda Koster: cmwpebmt@lumc.nl

Outcomes of mismatched related HSCT in CLL

HLA-mismatched related HSCT is increasingly used for patients with high-risk leukaemia who lack a HLA-identical sibling donor, or for whom there is no time to find a matched unrelated donor from international registries. Nevertheless little is known about the outcomes of these type of transplantations used in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia. This will be analysed in the study ”Outcomes of mismatched related HSCT in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL)”.

To fulfil the aims of this study, we have sent a small additional data request to the centres eligible for this study.

If you received a data file and have not replied yet, please do so and send it to CMWPebmt@lumc.nl before July 15th, so we can incorporate the data before writing an ASH abstract. Thank you in advance. 

Current Treatment of HCV Infection after HSCT

IDWP non-interventional prospective study

*** Recruiting ***
PI: Malgorzata Mikulska
Started 01 December 2015
The availability of novel therapies with oral directly acting antivirals might prompt clinicians caring for HCV-positive HSCT recipients to prescribe the treatment more frequently and possibly earlier after HSCT.

This study will focus on treatment strategies in HCV-positive HSCT recipients and might provide additional data compared to previous older cohorts in the area of non-invasive assessment of fibrosis, HCV-RNA levels and genotyping. The main focus is the rate of treatment, the combination of drugs chosen, the length of treatment and the outcome.

Inclusion criteria

All HCV-RNA positive patients  cared for between December 2015 and  November 2017, who underwent HSCT (auto or allo) from any time to May 2017 .

Data collection

Patients not on treatment: 1 baseline form, 1 follow-up form at end of study.
Patients on treatment: 1 treatment form, 1 follow-up form 6 months after the end of treatment .
When you have a patient with HCV infection, please contact the IDWP Data Office via IDWPebmt@LUMC.nl

IPAT: Impact of Pre-existing invasive Aspergillosis on allogeneic stem cell Transplantation

IDWP non-interventional prospective study

*** Recruiting***

PI: Olaf Penack

Started 01 May 2016
In patients with pre-existing invasive aspergillosis (IA) allo-SCT is feasible without progression of fungal infection. However, the influence of invasive mould infections on transplant related complications and on long term survival has not been investigated in a larger patient cohort under current conditions.

With this non-interventional prospective study we want to assess clinical outcome of patients with —and without— history of pre-existing  IA undergoing allo-HSCT, in terms of non-relapse mortality, overall mortality and fungal infectious morbidity.

Study population

First allo-HSCT in patients with acute leukaemia and MDS given stem cell grafts.
            Cohort 1: History of probable or proven invasive aspergillosis
            Cohort 2: No History of probable or proven invasive aspergillosis.

Study period

01 May 2016 - 31 October 2017, with one year follow up.

Data collection

All patients: new MED A; Patient Registration Form; MED C follow up forms.
Only for patients with proven/probable IA and additional form needs to be completed.
When interested in participation, please contact the IDWP Data Office via

Pneumocystis Jirovecii Pneumonia (PcP) after Allogeneic HSCT

IDWP non-interventional prospective study

PI: Christine Robin

Started 01 March 2016 
The study aims at identifying risk factors, timing and diagnostic methods of PcP after allogeneic HSCT within the EBMT. It consists of a prospective 12-months collection of new PcP cases occurring in the 24 months following an allogeneic HSCT. PcP is defined by any positive specific criteria in BAL (cytology or IF or PCR), whatever the clinical presentation and whether the patient has been treated or not. We will ask you for each PcP case to fill a specific short MedC. The IDWP data office will identify in your centre 2 control cases for one case of PcP and you will be asked to fill a short Med C for each of these controls. MED A registration of these patients is required.

The number of cases per EBMT centre during the last years is very low (0 up to 7 in very big centres) and this study represents few work for the centres, but may provide major information if most EBMT centres participate.
We aim to collect 100 cases. The study is open to EBMT centres using BAL for the diagnosis of PcP. You may participate even when you have no pneumocystis PCR on site.

Study period

01 March 2016 – 28 February 2017 + 90 days follow up.

Inclusion criteria of the PcP cases

  • Allogeneic HSCT within the previous 24 months
  • New case (first onset) of PcP documented  in a BAL fluid, whatever the positive diagnostic test (cytology or IF or PCR) and whatever the presentation and treatment
  • Any age
  • Pre-or post-transplant informed consent to enter the data in the EBMT registry.

Exclusion criteria of the PcP cases

  • Autologous HSCT
  • Allogeneic HSCT recipient transplanted more than 24 months before the onset of PcP
  • Second episode of PcP since allogeneic HSCT (patients diagnosed with PcP before allogeneic HSCT are not excluded).
When you have a patient with PcP infection, please contact the IDWP Data Office via IDWPebmt@LUMC.nl

Fertility Cryopreservation Study in Cancer Patients

With the support of Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd, IVF-Worldwide, the most comprehensive website for professionals in the field of infertility, is conducting a study to gain insight in to the possibilities of preserving fertility in women diagnosed with cancer.  

Research will compare various fertility preservation protocols in women prior to cancer treatment, by identifying the most effective ovarian stimulation protocol for oocytes/embryos cryopreservation prior to chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

The study will take place over the course of three years with data obtained from approximately 100 IVF centers in seven European countries (France, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Spain, The Netherlands and United Kingdom).

Study objectives

  • Primary objective: To compare various controlled ovarian stimulation protocol for oocytes/embryo cryopreservation with respect to the number of oocytes retrieved
  • Secondary objective: To assess the outcomes of these protocols. Data gathered will enable the treating physicians worldwide to understand the role of different stimulation protocols on the treatment outcome.
The study population includes women with malignant disease who are undergoing controlled ovarian stimulation by r-hFSH (Recombinant human follicle stimulating hormone) for oocytes/embryos cryopreservation prior to chemotherapy or radiotherapy.

IVF-Worldwide is looking forward to collaborate with the EBMT in educating oncologists of the importance of fertility preservation among young cancer patients and raise awareness among oncologists of the opportunities for young women diagnosed with cancer who wish to try and preserve their future fertility. 

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