Long-term follow-up of a comparison of nonmyeloablative allografting with autografting for newly diagnosed myeloma.

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Blood, Volume 117, Issue 24, p.6721-7 (2011)


2011, Adult, Aged, Algorithms, Clinical Research Division, Female, Follow-Up Studies, Histocompatibility, Humans, Male, Melphalan, Middle Aged, Multiple Myeloma, Myeloablative Agonists, Neoadjuvant Therapy, Salvage Therapy, Siblings, Survival Analysis, Time Factors, Transplantation Conditioning, Transplantation, Autologous, Transplantation, Homologous


Before the introduction of new drugs, we designed a trial where treatment of newly diagnosed myeloma patients was based on the presence or absence of HLA-identical siblings. First-line treatments included a cytoreductive autograft followed by a nonmyeloablative allograft or a second melphalan-based autograft. Here, we report long-term clinical outcomes and discuss them in the light of the recent remarkable advancements in the treatment of myeloma. After a median follow-up of 7 years, median overall survival (OS) was not reached (P = .001) and event-free survival (EFS) was 2.8 years (P = .005) for 80 patients with HLA-identical siblings and 4.25 and 2.4 years for 82 without, respectively. Median OS was not reached (P = .02) and EFS was 39 months (P = .02) in the 58 patients who received a nonmyeloablative allograft whereas OS was 5.3 years and EFS 33 months in the 46 who received 2 high-dose melphalan autografts. Among patients who reached complete remission in these 2 cohorts, 53% and 19% are in continuous complete remission. Among relapsed patients rescued with "new drugs," median OS from the start of salvage therapy was not reached and was 1.7 (P = .01) years, respectively. Allografting conferred a long-term survival and disease-free advantage over standard autografting in this comparative study.