Antonio Palumbo, MD
University of Torino
Torino Italy

Continuous treatment (CT) versus fixed duration of therapy (FDT) in newly diagnosed myeloma patients: PFS1, PFS2, OS endpoints

Abstract No: 8515

Background: Continuous therapy significantly prolongs remission duration, resistant relapse may reduce the duration of subsequent remission which can negatively impact on OS. PFS1 defines the time from start of therapy to the occurrence of 1st relapse. PFS2 is defined as per EMA as the time from start of therapy to the occurrence of 2nd relapse, incorporating the duration of both 1st and 2nd remission. We evaluated PFS1, PFS2 and OS in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (NDMM) patients who received CT or FDT.

Methods: Patients were enrolled in 2 phase III randomized trials, comparing CT vs FDT (RVMM209: lenalidomide-based induction, consolidation, followed by maintenance [CT] vs lenalidomide-based induction, consolidation, no maintenance [FDT]; GIMEMA0305: bortezomib-based induction followed by maintenance (CT) vs bortezomib-based induction, no maintenance [FDT]). At diagnosis, in all randomized patients, we evaluated PFS1 (time: diagnosis followed by 1st relapse), PFS2 (time: diagnosis followed by 2nd relapse), and OS (time: diagnosis followed by death). In patients who experienced 1st relapse we tested 2nd PFS (time: 1st relapse followed by 2nd relapse) and survival from relapse (time: 1st relapse followed by death).

Results: In the pooled analysis, 452 patients received CT and 461 patients received FDT. Median follow-up was 52 months [mo]. CT significantly prolonged PFS1 (median 35 vs 24 mo, HR 0.58; P<0.0001), PFS2 (median 63 vs 47 mo, HR 0.69, p=0.0001) and OS (median not reached [NR] vs 70 mo, HR 0.70, P=0.0019) in comparison with FDT. 2nd PFS and OS from relapse were similar among patients who received CT or FDT upfront. Results were similar in the single studies (Table).

Conclusions: In NDMM patients, CT significantly improved PFS1, PFS2, and OS. Prolongation of PFS2 suggests that the clinical benefit observed during 1st remission is not cancelled by a shorter 2nd remission. PFS2 should be included in all CT vs FDT studies to evaluate the risk of tumor-resistance induced by CT.

Clinical trial information: NCT01063179 and NCT00551928

Author(s): Antonio Palumbo, Francesca Gay, Pellegrino Musto, Tommaso Caravita, Alessandra Larocca, Davide Rossi, Dina Ben Yehuda, Massimo Offidani, Francesca Donato, Paola Finsinger, Paola Omedè, Concetta Conticello, Arnon Nagler, Roberto Ria, Maide Cavalli, Roberto Mina, Maria Teresa Petrucci, Izhar Hardan, Federica Cavallo, Mario Boccadoro; Myeloma Unit, Division of Hematology, University of Torino, Torino, Italy; Italian Multiple Myeloma Network, Gimema, Italy; Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, Israel; Director Division of Hematology Chaim Sheba Medical Center, Tel Hashomer, Israel; Hematology Division, Meir Medical Center, Kfar-Saba, Israel

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Dr. Antonio Palumbo, MD received his medical degree from the University of Torino - Italy; served his residency in internal medicine and held a fellowship in hematology/oncology at the University of Torino. Before his current position as Chief of the Myeloma Unit of the Department of Oncology, Division of Hematology, University of Torino, Dr. Palumbo was a Research Associate at the Wistar Institute, University of Pennsylvania. He specialized in hematologic malignancies and medical oncology and has clinical and research interest in plasma cell dyscrasia. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the International Myeloma Society (IMS), of the Advisory Board of the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) and president of the European Myeloma Network Trial Group (EMNTG).

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