FLAG vs FLAG-IDA: outcomes in relapsed/refractory acute leukemias.


Shifa International Hospital, Islamabad, Pakistan. [Email]


FLAG (fludarabine, cytarabine, granulocyte colony-stimulating factor) and FLAG-IDA (idarubicin added to standard FLAG) are salvage chemotherapy regimens used for relapsed and refractory acute leukemias. The toxicity of the FLAG-IDA courses is generally more severe than for the FLAG courses, with marked neutropenia and thrombocytopenia. This study aims to compare the outcomes of both regimens in terms of morbidity, mortality and remission/transplant. No comparison has been reported so far in Pakistan or the rest of third world countries.

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