Effect of complete response on outcome following autologous stem cell transplantation for myeloma

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We studied the effect of complete response (CR) among 126 consecutive patients who underwent stem cell transplantation (SCT) for myeloma. The CR rate with SCT was 33%. Median overall survival (OS) from diagnosis of myeloma was 56 months. OS following SCT was 22 months. Progression-free survival (PFS) was 12 months. OS was not different between patients who achieved CR and those who did not, median survival 25 vs 24 months, P = 0.5. Corresponding median times for PFS were 15 and 11 months, P = 0.2. The plasma cell labeling index (PCLI) was high (≥1%) in 36% (high risk group) and was associated with poor OS and PFS (P < 0.001). Achieving CR did not influence OS or PFS in either the high or the low risk group. In contrast, OS and PFS were significantly influenced by high PCLI both in patients who achieved CR and those who did not. OS was poor (<30 months) in high risk patients regardless of CR status and in low risk patients who did not achieve CR, compared to low risk patients achieving CR (57 months), making them candidates for novel post-transplant treatment options. Outcome following SCT is dependent more on biological variables such as the PCLI than on CR status.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)979-983
Number of pages5
JournalBone Marrow Transplantation
Issue number9
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000



  • Complete response
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Prognosis
  • Transplantation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Transplantation

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