How and when I do allogeneic transplant in CLL

John G. Gribben


Allogenic stem cell transplantation (allo-SCT) has been considered the treatment of choice for high-risk patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) and the only approach offered with curative intent in this disease. The availability novel agents including the B cell receptor inhibitors (BCRi) ibrutinib, acalabrutinib and idelalisib, as well as venetoclax which targets the BCL2 pathway and the success of these agents in treating high-risk disease patients has made it more difficult to assess who and when in their treatment course allo-SCT should be considered. In this review, I will discuss the different treatment options available for the treatment of high-risk CLL and how allo-SCT fits into the treatment algorithm in the era of novel agents.

  • Submitted January 26, 2018.
  • Accepted May 2, 2018.