Abstract 3862

Poster Board III-798

Acute light chain (LC) induced renal failure (ARF) is a severe complication of progressive MM. Reversal of ARF can only be achieved by fast, substantial and continuous suppression of production of pathogenic LCs. Bortezomib is highly effective and well tolerated in myeloma patients (pts) with renal impairment, because its metabolism is independent of renal function. In this study we evaluated the efficacy of Bortezomib in combination with doxorubicin and dexamethasone (BDD) in restoring renal function and in achieving tumor control in pts with LC-induced renal failure. In total, 72 pts have been enrolled; 2 pts did not fulfil inclusion criteria, 2 pts had been excluded because kidney biopsy revealed renal amyloidosis as main cause of renal failure. Hence, 68 pts constituted the intent to treat population and 58 pts were evaluable per protocol (≥2 cycles of therapy). Age: median 65.8; range 41-79 years. Forty-six (79%) pts presented with de novo MM, and 12 (21%) with progressive, previously treated disease; median baseline GFR was 20.0 ml/min (range 3.7-49.5 ml/min). ARF was defined as decrease in GFR to <50ml/min due to LC nephropathy. Previously treated pts were required to have acute deterioration (< 4 weeks before inclusion) of formerly normal renal function (GFR „d60ml/min), and clear signs of progressive disease with increased LC excretion. Treatment regimen: Bortezomib (1.3mg/m2, d 1, 4, 8, 11 until the first safety analysis; thereafter 1.0mg/m2, d 1, 4, 8, 11), doxorubicin (9mg/m2, d 1, 4, 8, 11 until first safety analysis; thereafter 9mg/m2, d 1 and 4) and dexamethasone 40mg (d 1, 4, 8, 11). Cycles were repeated every 21 days. Renal response was defined as complete (CRrenal, with GFR ≥60 ml/min), partial (PRrenal with GFR increase >100%, from <15 ml/min to 30-<60 ml/min), or minor (MRrenal with GFR increase >50%, either from <15 ml/min to 15-<30 ml/min or from 15-<30 ml/min to 30-<60 ml/min). Twenty-six of 58 evaluable pts achieved CR/nCR (45%), 10 (17%) VGPR, 9 (16%) PR and 4 (7%) MR (CR-MR: 85%). Median time to best tumor response was 88 days. Twenty-one (36%) pts achieved CRrenal, and 19 (33%) pts PR/MRrenal, respectively, yielding an ORRrenal of 69%. Three of the 9 dialysis dependent pts became dialysis independent. Median GFR increased from 20.0 ml/min (range: 3.7 – 50.2 ml/min) to 48.4 ml/min (range 6.7 – 135.5 ml/min). Improvement of GFR correlated weakly with tumor response. The median of best GFR increased to 60.0 ml/min (14.7-131.3 ml/min) in the 36 pts with CR/nCR/VGPR, to 38.9 ml/min (14.7 – 135.5 ml/min) in the 13 pts with PR/MR, and to 16.8 ml/min (6.7 – 57.9 ml/min) in 9 the pts with SD/PD, respectively. Overall survival (OS) was 72% @ 1 and 60% @ 2 years in the intent to treat and 84% @ 1 and 70% @ 2 years in the evaluable population. OS was similar in pts with and without complete renal response (p= 0.9267). Univariate analysis revealed a significant association between both, treatment status (previously treated vs. not previously treated), and LDH with survival (p<0.0003, and p<0.0232, respectively), while in multivariate analysis (Cox regression) treatment status only was found to correlate with survival (p=0.0211). Leukopenia, thrombopenia, and anemia of grade 3&4 were seen in 12%, 14% and 48%, respectively. Other common grade 3&4 toxicities were weakness/fatigue (12%) and polyneuropathy (10%), infection (7%), herpes reactivation (7%) and nausea/vomiting (5%). In conclusion, the BDD regimen resulted in high tumor (CR/nCR/VGPR: 62%, ORR: 85%) and renal response rates (CRrenal 36%, ORRrenal 69%). Improvement of renal function was more often seen in pts with significant tumor response and CRrenal was more likely in pts with less severe renal impairment. Treatment was well tolerated after dose adjustment.


Ludwig:Celgene: Honoraria; Mundipharma: Honoraria; AMGEN: Honoraria; Ortho-Biotech : Honoraria; Janssen-Cilag: Research Funding; Roche: Honoraria. Hajek:Janssen-Cilag: Honoraria.

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