Last updated on October 2018

Observational Study of Conception/Pregnancy in Adult Patients With CML Treated With Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitors


Brief description of study

The objective of this study is to acquire more information about what we are doing during pregnancy in CML patients, in order to possibly establish in the future a consensus on the management of patients receiving TKIs who wants to father a child or become/are pregnant.

Detailed Study Description

The management of patients with chronic myeloid leukemia (CML) during pregnancy is a matter of continued debate. The introduction of the TKIs in clinical practice has dramatically changed the prognosis of CML. Patients diagnosed in chronic phase can reasonably expect many years of excellent disease control and good quality of life. Thus, the need to address issues related to fertility and pregnancy have arisen. Physicians are frequently being asked for advice regarding the need for, and or the appropriateness of, stopping treatment in order to conceive. The management of fertility begins at diagnosis. This means that immediate and future treatments should be considered at the very beginning. Therefore, the maintenance of fertility should be taken into account since diagnosis. Imatinib is not genotoxic but might lead to a decrease in sperm counts. Nevertheless, Imatinib is teratogenic in rats when given during organogenesis at doses higher than 100 mg/kg, approximately equivalent to 800 mg/day in men. Until now, approximately 60 pregnancies were reported in partners of men on Imatinib. No suggestions of any problems in conception, pregnancy, delivery or any increase in congenital abnormalities were reported. Regarding women, 204 patients were exposed to Imatinib, and 180 were reported in literature (76, 77). Of 180 women exposed to imatinib during pregnancy, outcome data are available for 125 (69%). Of those with known outcomes, 50% delivered normal infants and 28% underwent elective terminations, 3 following the identification of abnormalities. There were a total of 12 infants in whom abnormalities were identified, 3 of which had strikingly similar complex malformations that are clearly a cause for concern. It appears that although most pregnancies exposed to imatinib are likely to have a successful outcome, there remains a risk that exposure may result in serious fetal malformations. Although numbers are small there has been a disturbing cluster of rare congenital malformations such that imatinib cannot be safely recommended, particularly during the period of organogenesis. Last but not least, it has recently been reported a poor outcome after reintroduction of Imatinib in patients who interrupt therapy for pregnancy without having achieved an optimal response (78), introducing another variable in the management of women pregnant while receiving Imatinib. Only few data are available about the use of second generation TKIs, Nilotinib and Dasatinib, during pregnancy. Dasatinib is not mutagenic in rats (in vitro and in vivo tests), but is clastogenic in CHO cells. It does not seem to have such effect on fertility of male and female rats. However, it gives skeletal alterations in rats and rabbits and has embryolethality in rats if administered during pregnancies. Eleven pregnancies were reported while in dasatinib: 5 patients delivered normal infants, while 3 elective termination and 2 spontaneous abortion were reported. On the other hand, 9 male patient conceived during dasatinib: 8 normal infants were delivered, and 1 case was ongoing at the time of the report. Nilotinib is not mutagenic in rats. It does not have any effect on fertility in male and female rats. When administered during pregnancy, there is no evidence of teratogenicity but it is embryo and foetotoxic in the rat and in the rabbit. Only sporadic cases of patients who had been pregnant/had conceived during Nilotinib have been reported, and no speculation should be made from these data. In summary, there are virtually no data regarding II generation TKIs, that must be discontinued by women wishing to become pregnant. Several questions still remains unanswered regarding the management of patients receiving TKIs who want to conceive, or who have been exposed to TKI during pregnancy/conception.

Clinical Study Identifier: NCT01752062

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