Jacksonville, Florida 32224

  • Multiple Myeloma and Plasma Cell Neoplasm


RATIONALE: Drugs used in chemotherapy use different ways to stop tumor cells from dividing so they stop growing or die. Radiation therapy uses high-energy x-rays to damage tumor cells. Combining peripheral stem cell transplantation with chemotherapy and radiation therapy may allow the doctor to give higher doses of radiation and chemotherapy drugs and kill more tumor cells. PURPOSE: Phase II trial to study the effectiveness of high-dose melphalan plus total-body irradiation and peripheral stem cell transplantation in treating patients with multiple myeloma in first relapse.

Study summary:

OBJECTIVES: I. Assess bone marrow reconstitution and peripheral blood cell counts of patients with multiple myeloma treated with high-dose melphalan (L-PAM) and total-body irradiation (TBI) followed by peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) rescue. II. Assess the efficacy of intravenous L-PAM and TBI for treatment of relapsing/refractory myeloma. III. Assess the tolerability and toxicity of this regimen in patients with relapsing multiple myeloma. IV. Assess response rate and survival of relapsing/refractory patients treated with this regimen. OUTLINE: Prior to entry, patients will have received 3 monthly courses of standard VAD followed by PBSC collection on Regimen A; those who responded to VAD continue standard VAD to best response and upon relapse (on or off therapy) proceed to Regimen B. Patients with no response to 3 courses of VAD and those with no response to an alkylating-based regimen proceed immediately to Regimen B following PBSC collection. The following acronyms are used: CTX Cyclophosphamide, NSC-26271 G-CSF Granulocyte Colony Stimulating Factor (Amgen), NSC-614629 L-PAM Melphalan, NSC-8806 PBSC Peripheral Blood Stem Cells VAD Vincristine/Doxorubicin/Dexamethasone TBI Total Body Irradiation Regimen A: Stem Cell Mobilization/Harvest. CTX; G-CSF. Regimen B: Single-Agent Myeloablative Chemoradiotherapy with Stem Cell Rescue. L-PAM; TBI (Co60 or linear accelerators of 4 MV or greater); with PBSC. PROJECTED ACCRUAL: If 9 or fewer or 20 or more responses are seen in the first 50 patients treated, the study will be discontinued.


DISEASE CHARACTERISTICS: Multiple myeloma confirmed by bone marrow plasmacytosis and with measurable M-component in the serum or urine by immunoelectrophoresis or immunofixation No Stage I myeloma No smoldering multiple myeloma Refractory to or in first relapse following an initial response to VAD (vincristine/doxorubicin/dexamethasone), with relapse defined as any of the following: 50% increase above the lowest remission level of serum or urine M-protein while on therapy 25-50% increase above the lowest remission level of serum or urine M-protein associated with either: Hypercalcemia (greater than 11 mg/dl) Hb decrease of 2 g/dl attributable to increasing marrow plasmacytosis Appearance of new lytic lesions Calcium no greater than 11 mg/dl No myeloma meningitis No plasma cell leukemia PATIENT CHARACTERISTICS: Age: 18 to 65 Performance status: ECOG 0-2 Hematopoietic: WBC greater than 500 (after G-CSF) Platelets greater than 25,000 Hepatic: Bilirubin no greater than 2.0 mg/dl Renal: Creatinine no greater than 2.0 mg/dl Cardiovascular: No NYHA class II-IV disease Pulmonary: DLCO at least 50% of predicted FVC at least 75% of predicted FEV1 at least 60% of predicted Other: No uncontrolled infection No active fungal infection No fever No prior malignancy within 5 years except: Basal cell skin cancer In situ carcinoma of the cervix No pregnant or nursing women PRIOR CONCURRENT THERAPY: Biologic therapy: Prior biological response modifiers allowed Chemotherapy: No time limit between cytotoxic therapy and protocol treatment Prior cumulative melphalan dose less than 300 mg Endocrine therapy: Corticosteroids for hypercalcemia allowed Radiotherapy: Prior radiotherapy allowed Prior pelvic radiotherapy allowed, but patients with such therapy are unlikely to have adequate PBSC harvested Surgery: Not specified



Primary Contact:

Study Chair
Morie A. Gertz, MD
Mayo Clinic

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Jacksonville, Florida 32224
United States

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Data Source: ClinicalTrials.gov

Date Processed: September 30, 2022

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