Low efficacy of thalidomide in improving response after induction in multiple myeloma patients who are candidates for high-dose therapy

A. Corso, S. Mangiacavalli, L. Barbarano, L. Montalbetti, A. Mazzone, S. Fava, M. Varettoni, P. Zappasodi, E. Morra, M. Lazzarino

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Abstract

Giving the impact of complete response (CR) on outcome of multiple myeloma patients addressed to high-dose melphalan, we explored the role of a pre-transplant intensification with 3 months thalidome plus dexamethasone therapy (Thal-Dex), after pulse-VAD induction. Seventy-four multiple myeloma patients (MM pts) uniformly treated, were retrospectively studied. The response rate after pulse-VAD were: CR 6%, VGPR 40%, PR 23%, MR 23%, and progression 8%. The response rate after Thal-Dex were similar: CR 11%, VGPR 39%, PR 17%, MR 9%, and progression 24%. Giving no advantage in terms of response rate with an additive toxicity, Thal-Dex does not seem useful for intensification before transplant.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1085-1090
Number of pages6
JournalLeukemia Research
Volume32
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008

Keywords

  • High-dose therapy
  • Intensification
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Thalidomide
  • Up-front therapy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Cancer Research
  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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