Prevention of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting after high-dose melphalan and stem cell transplantation: review of the evidence and suggestions

A. Tendas, F. Marchesi, A. Mengarelli, O. Annibali, V. Tomarchio, D. Saltarelli, A. Chierichini, M. Di Venanzio, F. Sollazzo, M. Piedimonte, L. Cupelli, A. Bruno, G. De Angelis, L. Delbono, P. Niscola, A. P. Perrotti, P. de Fabritiis, W. Arcese, Rome Transplant Network

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Abstract

INTRODUCTION: High-dose melphalan (HDMel) is the most common conditioning chemotherapy regimen for autologous stem cell transplantation (SCT) in patients affected by multiple myeloma (MM). No consensus exists for the emetogenicity or prophylaxis of chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting (CINV) in this regimen. METHODS: Data on the incidence and efficacy/safety of CINV prophylaxis among patients affected by MM undergoing autologous SCT with the HDMel regimen was extracted from electronic databases and analyzed. RESULTS: Eleven studies involving multiple CINV prophylaxis regimens were identified and included. No consensus on HDMel emetogenicity was reached, but most studies summarized the emetogenicity as moderate-high risk. An aprepitant-based three-drug regimen (aprepitant + serotonin receptor antagonist (5HT3RA) + dexamethasone) showed better efficacy than a two-drug regimen (5HT3RA + dexamethasone) for CINV prevention without increasing the frequency in adverse events. CONCLUSIONS: The aprepitant-based three-drug regimen should be the regimen of choice for CINV prophylaxis for MM patients undergoing autologous SCT with HDMel conditioning.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSupportive Care in Cancer
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Publication statusPublished - Dec 18 2018

Keywords

  • Aprepitant
  • Chemotherapy-induced nausea and vomiting
  • High-dose melphalan
  • Quality of life
  • Stem cell transplantation

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