Annals of Hematology

, Volume 97, Issue 10, pp 1869–1877 | Cite as

Autologous stem cell transplantation in first remission is associated with better progression-free survival in multiple myeloma

  • Mukul Aggarwal
  • Narendra Agrawal
  • Neha Yadav
  • Priyanka Verma
  • Rayaz Ahmed
  • Pallavi Mehta
  • Jyotsna Kapoor
  • Dinesh BhuraniEmail author
Original Article


Autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) is standard consolidation therapy in management of multiple myeloma (MM) patients. We reviewed records of all consecutive MM patients who underwent ASCT with high-dose melphalan at our center from year 2002 to 2016. A total of 141 ASCT were conducted (90 males and 51 females) with median age of 55 years (23–68 years). Median time from diagnosis to transplant was 7 months (3–79), with majority of patients underwent transplant in first remission, while 17 (12%) patients received transplant beyond first remission. Eighty-three percent patients obtained CR/VGPR post-ASCT. Transplant-related mortality was 2.1%. At a median follow up of 54 months, mean overall survival (OS) and progression-free survival (PFS) group were 128.3 months (95% C.I. 111.9–144.7 months) and 73.8 months (95% C.I. 57.7–89.9 months), respectively. On univariate analysis, OS was adversely affected by renal insufficiency (p = 0.024), while OS was better with CR/VGPR post-ASCT (p < 0.001) and lenalidomide maintenance therapy (p = 0.009). PFS was affected by CR/VGPR pre-ASCT (p = 0.021), CR/VGPR post-ASCT (p < 0.001), and transplant in first remission (p = 0.034). On multivariate analysis, lenalidomide maintenance (versus thalidomide) (p = 0.007) and CR/VGPR response post-ASCT (p = 0.0003) were found to be predictors for better OS and CR/VGPR response at transplant for better PFS (p = 0.038). Transplant in first remission versus beyond first remission showed a trend for better PFS (p = 0.073). Conclusion: Majority of patients obtained CR/VGPR post-ASCT. Longer PFS was seen with patients who were transplanted in first remission.


Autologous stem cell transplantation Multiple myeloma First remission Progression-free survival 



We would like to acknowledge Dr. Babita Jangra and Dr. GayatriVishvakarma for their guidance in performing statistical analysis. With the support of our transplant coordinator Mrs. Niharika Bhatia, we were able to retrieve the details and records of patients who received autologous stem cell transplant.

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Ethical compliance

All the authors stated that the study have been approved by the appropriate institutional review board and have been performed in accordance with the ethical standards as laid down in the 1964 Declaration of Helsinki and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Since this is a retrospective study, no formal informed consent is required.

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Hemato-Oncology and Bone Marrow TransplantRajiv Gandhi Cancer Institute and Research CentreNew DelhiIndia

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