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A Randomized Study With Oral Melphalan + Prednisone (MP) Versus Melphalan, + Prednisone + Thalidomide (MPT) for Newly Diagnosesd Elderly Patients With Multiple Myeloma

This study has been completed.
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Gruppo Italiano Studio Linfomi Identifier:
First received: December 28, 2010
Last updated: January 10, 2011
Last verified: December 2010

The aim of the study is to compare efficacy and toxicity of melphalan and prednisone versus meplhalan, prednisone and Thalidomide in elderly patients with multiple myeloma or patients with multiple myeloma but not eligible for high dose treatment with stem cells support.

Condition Intervention Phase
Multiple Myeloma
Drug: Melphalan, Prednisone and Thalidomide
Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Randomized
Endpoint Classification: Safety/Efficacy Study
Masking: Open Label

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Primary Outcome Measures:
  • To assess the efficacy [ Time Frame: from 8 to 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    To compare the percentage of response in term of complete response, partial response, minimal and stable disease in the 2 arms o treatment

  • To assess the toxicity [ Time Frame: From 1 to 12 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: Yes ]
    To evaluate the toxicity in the 2 arms of treatment utilized the common terminology criteria for adverse events (CTCAE) version 3.0

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • To evaluate the Overall Survival (OS) in the 2 arms of treatment [ Time Frame: From 1 to 60 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    OS was defined as the time from the date of first treatment after diagnosis of multiple myeloma to the date of last follow up examination or the date of death from any cause

  • To evaluate the Duration of Remission (DR) in the 2 arms of treatment [ Time Frame: From 8 to 60 months ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]
    DR was defined from the date of Complete Remission, Partial Remission, Minimal response after the completion of MPT or MP cycles to the date of disease progression or the date of last follow up examination

Enrollment: 130
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Melphalan, prednisone plus Thalidomide Drug: Melphalan, Prednisone and Thalidomide
Active Comparator: Melphalan and Prednisone Drug: Melphalan, Prednisone and Thalidomide


Ages Eligible for Study:   65 Years and older
Genders Eligible for Study:   Both
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No

Inclusion Criteria:

  • newly diagnosed of multiple myeloma.
  • Age > 65 years
  • ECOG <= 3
  • Written informed consent given at the time of randomization
  • Patients with age <= 65 but not eligible for high dose treatment with stem cells support

Exclusion Criteria:

  • ECOG > 3
  • current neoplasm..
  • contraindications to use thalidomide
  • peripheral neurophaty
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT01274403

Gruppo Italiano Studio Linfoma
Modena, Italy, 41120
Sponsors and Collaborators
Gruppo Italiano Studio Linfomi
  More Information

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Responsible Party: Gruppo Italiano Studio Linfoma, GISL Identifier: NCT01274403     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: MM03
Study First Received: December 28, 2010
Last Updated: January 10, 2011
Health Authority: Italy: Ethics Committee

Keywords provided by Gruppo Italiano Studio Linfomi:
Multiple Myeloma
Elderly patients

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Multiple Myeloma
Neoplasms, Plasma Cell
Blood Protein Disorders
Cardiovascular Diseases
Hematologic Diseases
Hemorrhagic Disorders
Hemostatic Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Vascular Diseases
Alkylating Agents
Angiogenesis Inhibitors
Angiogenesis Modulating Agents
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Anti-Inflammatory Agents
Antineoplastic Agents
Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
Antineoplastic Agents, Hormonal
Growth Inhibitors
Growth Substances
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