Annals of Hematology

, Volume 87, Issue 1, pp 43–48 | Cite as

BEAC or BEAM high-dose chemotherapy followed by autologous stem cell transplantation in non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma patients: comparative analysis of efficacy and toxicity

  • Jae-Cheol Jo
  • Byung Wook Kang
  • Geundoo Jang
  • Sun Jin Sym
  • Sung Sook Lee
  • Ja Eun Koo
  • Jong Wook Kim
  • Shin Kim
  • Jooryung Huh
  • Cheolwon SuhEmail author
Original Article


The treatment of choice for relapsed/refractory non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) consists of high-dose chemotherapy (HDC) followed by autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT). Little is known, however, regarding the comparative toxicity and efficacy of various HDC regimens applied in NHL. We have retrospectively evaluated the clinical aspects of the BCNU, etoposide, cytarabine, and cyclophosphamide (BEAC) and BCNU, etoposide, cytarabine, and melphalan (BEAM) regimens for ASCT. Between April 1994 and February 2005, 97 NHL patients underwent HDC with BEAC (N = 69) or BEAM (N = 28), followed by ASCT, at the Asan Medical Center. We matched each BEAM patient with two BEAC patients having the same International Prognostic Index. Thus, 84 patients (56 BEAC and 28 BEAM) were analyzed. Median age was 40.5years, and baseline characteristics were well balanced between the two groups. The median time to neutrophil engraftment (>500/mm3) was significantly longer with BEAC than with BEAM (12 vs 11days, P = 0.001), as was the total amount of red blood cell transfusion (6.5 vs 3.7U, P = 0.037), but the median time to platelet engraftment (>20,000/mm3) and the total amount of platelet transfusion did not differ between the two groups. BEAM patients had significantly more frequent World Health Organization grade greater than or equal to 2 diarrhea than BEAC patients (46.4 vs 19.6%, P = 0.010), but the incidence of mucositis, nausea/vomiting, and bleeding and the number of episodes of febrile neutropenia and septicemia did not differ between the two groups. Median follow-up for survivors was 33months in the BEAM group and 89months in the BEAC group. Median overall survival and median event-free survival were not reached in the BEAM group and were 7.9 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1–14.8months, P = 0.003) and 3.7months (95% CI, 0.1–7.2months, P = 0.001), respectively, in the BEAC group. BEAM appeared to be superior to BEAC for survival. Regimen-related toxicities were similar, except that BEAM was associated with more frequent but acceptable diarrhea.


Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma Autologous stem cell transplantation BEAM BEAC Survival Toxicity 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jae-Cheol Jo
    • 1
  • Byung Wook Kang
    • 1
  • Geundoo Jang
    • 1
  • Sun Jin Sym
    • 1
  • Sung Sook Lee
    • 1
  • Ja Eun Koo
    • 1
  • Jong Wook Kim
    • 1
  • Shin Kim
    • 1
  • Jooryung Huh
    • 2
  • Cheolwon Suh
    • 1
    Email author
  1. 1.Department of Internal MedicineAsan Medical CenterSeoulSouth Korea
  2. 2.Department of Pathology, Asan Medical CenterUniversity of Ulsan College of MedicineSeoulSouth Korea

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