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Medline ® Abstract for Reference 48

of 'Treatment of relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma'

An evaluation of factors predicting long-term response to thalidomide in 234 patients with relapsed or resistant multiple myeloma.
Hus I, Dmoszynska A, Manko J, Hus M, Jawniak D, Soroka-Wojtaszko M, Hellmann A, Ciepluch H, Skotnicki A, Wolska-Smolen T, Sulek K, Robak T, Konopka L, Kloczko J
Br J Cancer. 2004;91(11):1873.
The aim of this study was to assess the prognostic value of pretreatment clinical and laboratory parameters in refractory or relapsed multiple myeloma (MM) patients who have a long-term response to thalidomide (THAL), lasting at least 18 months. The study was carried out on 234 patients who received THAL for relapsed/refractory myeloma. Out of the 234 patients, 129 patients (55.1%) responded to THAL with a mean response duration of 11.9 months (ranging from 1 to 48) and an overall survival rate of 20.3 months (ranging 1-55 months). In 64 patients (27.4% of the whole group), the response to THAL lasted>or =18 months with a mean response lasting 24 months. Statistical analysis of the group of nonresponders and patients with long-term response to THAL showed a significantly higher serum albumin level (P=0.0003) and haemoglobin level (P=0.05), as well as a lower beta2 microglobulin (beta2M) (P=0.022), LDH (P=0.045) serum level in patients with long-term response. In this study, the LDH and serum albumin level were predictors for response to THAL therapy. The beta2M serum level was not a predictor for response to THAL. The albumin serum level was the best parameter distinguishing the group of patients with long-term response to THAL from the entire responding group (P=0.02).
Department of Haematooncology, Medical University of Lublin, Poland. iwohus@wp.pl