Double ASCT in MM Does Not Increase Survival Compared to Single ASCT

Patients with multiple myeloma (MM) who underwent double autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) did not have better overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) outcomes compared to patients who underwent single ASCT, according to a study. In fact, double ASCT patients had poorer survival outcomes compared to their single ASCT counterparts. The researchers suggested that this may be in part due to the availability of novel anti-myeloma therapies.

Patients with MM who underwent transplantation between 2003 and 2020 at a single hematology clinic were retrospectively reviewed: 211 single ASCT patients and 17 double ASCT patients. Double transplantation patients had elevated serum or urine M-protein levels, elevated bone marrow atypical plasma cell ratio, the occurrence of new lytic bone lesions or plasmacytoma, and other evidence of clinical progression or relapse. All double transplantation patients relapsed before the second procedure.

The whole cohort had preoperative Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group performance status 1. All patients had received four to eight courses of induction chemotherapy (bortezomib/cyclophosphamide/dexamethasone, bortezomib/dexamethasone, vincristine, doxorubicin, and dexamethasone, and bortezomib/thalidomide/dexamethasone). Before the second procedure, double ASCT patients were given proteasome inhibitors and immunomodulatory agents.

The main outcome was duration of OS, which was measured from the start date of the first therapy to all-cause death. PFS was measured from the transplantation date (for double ASCT patients, the second transplantation date was used) to date of relapse or progression. Transplantation-related mortality (TRM) was defined as any 90-day death attributable to high-dose therapy.

The median time of second ASCT was about 3.6 years from the first transplantation. OS duration in the single ASCT group was 4,011 ± 266 days, compared to 3,526 ± 326 days in the double ASCT group (P=0.03). PFS duration in the single transplantation group was 2,344 ± 228 days, compared to 685 ± 120 days in the double transplantation group (P=0.22). Disease assessment following ASCT stable or progressive disease, partial remission, and very good partial or complete remission (CR) was 62/44/105 in the single transplantation group and 8/4/5 in the double transplantation group (P=0.22).

The study was published in Open Medicine.

“The present study points out that the second ASCT treatment option in MM may not be effective as suggested, especially in the era of novel MM drugs, since our results come from the past data that novel drugs were not exist,” the researchers wrote. “In conclusion, we found no benefit with second ASCT in MM patients in terms of PFS and OS or CR rates, and the novel anti-myeloma drugs might decrease the need for a second transplant.”

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