Hight-dose chemotherapy with hematopoietic stem-cell rescue for multiple myeloma

JA Child, GJ Morgan, FE Davies, RG Owen, SE Bell, K Hawkins, J Brown, Mark Drayson, PJ Selby

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BACKGROUND: High-dose therapy with supporting autologous stem-cell transplantation remains a controversial treatment for cancer. In multiple myeloma, first-line regimens incorporating high-dose therapy yield higher remission rates than do conventional-dose treatments, but evidence that this translates into improved survival is limited. METHODS: In this multicenter study, the Medical Research Council Myeloma VII Trial, we randomly assigned 407 patients with previously untreated multiple myeloma who were younger than 65 years of age to receive either standard conventional-dose combination chemotherapy or high-dose therapy and an autologous stem-cell transplant. RESULTS: Among the 401 patients who could be evaluated, the rates of complete response were higher in the intensive-therapy group than in the standard-therapy group (44 percent vs. 8 percent, P
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1875-83
Number of pages9
JournalNew England Journal of Medicine
Issue number19
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2004


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