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Thalidomide maintenance following high-dose therapy in multiple myeloma: a UK myeloma forum phase 2 study

Lookup NU author(s): Professor Graham Jackson


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Thalidomide maintenance has unresolved issues regarding dosage and toxicity. We evaluated this in five dose cohorts in 100 patients. At a median follow-up of 32.3 months, 23 patients had stopped thalidomide for disease progression, 54 for side effects. 3-year overall and progression-free survival was 76% and 41% respectively. Dosage did not influence disease outcome but greatly affected toxicity. Fifteen patients converted from partial remission to complete remission on thalidomide at a median of 13.5 months. Maintenance doses > 200 mg were largely unachievable and peripheral neuropathy was the main toxicity. Lower doses enabled more patients to stay on the drug for a useful period of time.

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Author(s): Feyler S, Rawstron A, Jackson G, Snowden JA, Cocks K, Johnson RJ

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: British Journal of Haematology

Year: 2007

Volume: 139

Issue: 3

Pages: 429-433

ISSN (print): 0007-1048

ISSN (electronic): 1365-2141

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.


DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2141.2007.06817.x


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