Thirty-five patients newly diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia received pegylated interferon alpha-2b (PEG-IFN) alone or combined with intermittent Ara-C for a median of 6.5 months (range: 1.4-19.2). The median weekly PEG-IFN dose was 4.0 microg/kg. Complete hematologic, major and complete cytogenetic responses were observed in 73%, 32% and 14%, respectively. Extra-hematologic side-effects were frequent and 20% of patients had grade III-IV hematologic toxicity.
Vol. 89 No. 7 (2004): July, 2004 : Letters to the Editor
Ferrata Storti Foundation, Pavia, Italy
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