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Impact of pretransplant therapy and depth of disease response before autologous transplantation for multiple myeloma. Biol Blood Marrow Transplant 2015 Feb;21(2):335-41 PMID: 25445028 PMCID: PMC4297511

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Patients with multiple myeloma (MM) who are eligible for autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) typically receive a finite period of initial therapy before ASCT. It is not clear if patients with suboptimal (less than a partial) response to initial therapy benefit from additional alternative therapy with intent to maximize pretransplant response. We identified 539 patients with MM who had an ASCT after having achieved less than a partial response (PR) to first-line induction chemotherapy between 1995 and 2010. These patients were then divided into 2 groups: those who received additional salvage chemotherapy before ASCT (n = 324) and those who had no additional salvage chemotherapy immediately before ASCT (n = 215). Additional pretransplant chemotherapy resulted in deepening responses in 68% (complete response in 8% and PR in 60%). On multivariate analysis there was no impact of pretransplant salvage chemotherapy on treatment-related mortality, risk for relapse, progression-free survival, or overall survival. In conclusion, for patients achieving less than a PR to initial induction therapy, including with novel agent combinations, additional pre-ASCT salvage chemotherapy improved the depth of response and pre-ASCT disease status but was not associated with survival benefit.

Author List

Vij R, Kumar S, Zhang MJ, Zhong X, Huang J, Dispenzieri A, Abidi MH, Bird JM, Freytes CO, Gale RP, Kindwall-Keller TL, Kyle RA, Landsburg DJ, Lazarus HM, Munker R, Roy V, Sharma M, Vogl DT, Wirk B, Hari PN


Parameswaran Hari MD Chief, Professor in the Medicine department at Medical College of Wisconsin
Mei-Jie Zhang PhD Professor in the Institute for Health and Equity department at Medical College of Wisconsin


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MESH terms used to index this publication - Major topics in bold

Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols
Drug Monitoring
Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation
Induction Chemotherapy
Middle Aged
Multiple Myeloma
Remission Induction
Retrospective Studies
Salvage Therapy
Survival Analysis
Transplantation Conditioning
Transplantation, Autologous
Treatment Outcome
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