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British journal of haematology


Adult; Aged; Aged, 80 and over; Antibodies, Monoclonal; Antineoplastic Combined Chemotherapy Protocols; Autografts; Bortezomib; Cyclophosphamide; Dexamethasone; Female; Humans; Male; Middle Aged; Multiple Myeloma; Recurrence; Stem Cell Transplantation


This United States community study evaluated the combination of daratumumab, bortezomib, cyclophosphamide and dexamethasone (D-VCd) in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (NDMM) and relapsed multiple myeloma (RMM). Patients received 4-8 induction cycles of bortezomib 1·5 mg/m2 , cyclophosphamide 300 mg/m2 and dexamethasone 40 mg weekly. Intravenous daratumumab 16 mg/kg was administered as approved except for a split-first dose in Cycle 1. Eligible patients underwent autologous stem cell transplantation. All patients received ≤12 daratumumab maintenance doses monthly. Eighty-six NDMM and 14 RMM patients received ≥1 treatment dose. In NDMM patients, very good partial response or better (≥VGPR) and overall response rates after 4 induction cycles were 44% (primary endpoint) and 79%, respectively, and 56% and 81% at end of induction. The 12-month progression-free survival (PFS) rate was 87%. Efficacy was also observed in RMM patients. Fatigue (59%) and neutropenia (13%) were the most frequent treatment-emergent adverse event (TEAE) and grade 3/4 TEAE, respectively. Infusion reactions occurred in 54% of patients, primarily during the first dose, and were mild (2% grade 3). The first 2 daratumumab infusions were 4·5 and 3·8 h (median). Overall, D-VCd was well tolerated, split-first daratumumab dosing was feasible, the ≥VGPR rate after 4 cycles was 44% and the 1-year PFS rate was 87%.

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