Novel agents have demonstrated enhanced efficacy when combined with other antimyeloma agents especially dexamethasone. The steroid doses employed in myeloma regimens are often poorly tolerated. Therefore, in a phase II clinical trial we investigated the efficacy of a steroid-free combination including bortezomib, pegylated liposomal doxorubicin and thalidomide (VDT regimen). Twenty-three patients with relapsed or refractory myeloma or other plasma cell cancers were treated with the VDT regimen. Patient had a median of five prior therapies and 65.2% were refractory to their last regimen. The overall response rates were 55.5% and 22%, respectively. The median progression free survival was 10.9 months (95% CI: 7.3-15.8) and the median overall survival was 15.7 months (95% CI: 9.1-not reached). Fatigue and sensory neuropathy were the most common side effects noted. We observe that VDT is an effective steroid-free regimen with ability to induce durable remission even in patients with refractory myeloma.
|Original language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Leukemia and Lymphoma|
|State||Published - 2009|
- Multiple myeloma
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Cancer Research