Autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) has been used for treating multiple myeloma (MM) for over three decades and is generally reserved for patients younger than 65. Herein we report on outcomes of outpatient ASCT in a cohort of patients with MM aged ≥75 years. Between October 2005 and August 2020, 50 patients aged ≥75 years, received an ASCT at Mayo Clinic, Rochester. Median time from diagnosis to ASCT was 6.85 months (IQR 5.2–10.52) and 50%. received reduced intensity conditioning with melphalan 140 mg/m2. 48% of patients completed the ASCT without requiring hospitalization and 52% (n = 26) of patients required hospitalization with a median duration of hospital admission of 9 days (IQR 5–13). Reasons for hospitalization included fever or infection (32%), cardiac arrhythmia (36%), and dehydration (32%). Overall response rate was 100% with a complete response seen in 57% of patients. Median overall survival and progression free survival for the cohort were 82 months and 33 months, respectively. One patient died within 100 days of transplant representing a 2% 100-day mortality rate. ASCT is safe and efficacious in carefully selected MM patients aged 75 or above and we believe that age should not be an exclusion factor for ASCT in MM.
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