Multiple Myeloma an incurable disease, but I have spent the last 25 years in remission using a blend of conventional oncology and evidence-based nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle therapies from peer-reviewed studies that your oncologist probably hasn't told you about.
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Does the Pollux trial provide a real alternative to maintenance therapy? But not maintenance therapy as in month after month for years. I am wondering about standard induction reaching VGPR, CR, etc. Therapy vacation.
Low-dose maintenance therapy- usually 10 or 15 mg. of revlimid aka lenalidomide, has been the standard-of-care following induction therapy and an autologous stem cell transplant, for years now.
According to the Pollux trial linked below, Daratumumab, lenalidomide and dexamethasone results in a longer progression-free survival and possibly longer overall survival.
More importantly, consider the combination of the standard-of-care for newly diagnosed myeloma patients- RVd or revlimid, velcade and dexamethasone as your first or induction therapy. This induction triplet has proven to be the best risk vs. reward trade-off for the 96% of NDMM patients who are stage 2 or 3 at diagnosis and need to be stabilized.
RVd for your induction followed by DLd when you relapse? My guess is that the pollux trial was conducted to study therapies that might outperform the current standard maintenance therapy of low dose revlimid and dexamethasone. Maintenance therapy is designed to follow the patients autologous stem cell transplant.
My goal is presenting these two studies is to provide longer overall survival with NO stem cells transplant. Less chemo, less toxicity.
But what if you wait for one, two, three or fours years before you undergo DLd? By themselves, these chemo-cocktails offer superior progression-free survival (PFS) as well as overall survival (OS) when compared to other therapies. What will happen if you have a therapy vacation in between RVd and DLd?????
Let me throw you another therapy curve. Include evidence-based but non-conventional therapies in your therapy plan to include
One thing is for sure. You will give your board-certified, myeloma specialist, oncologist fits.
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“Introduction: The combination of lenalidomide, bortezomib, and dexamethasone (RVd) has become standard of care for transplant-eligible patients with newly diagnosed MM (NDMM). This study aimed to determine the efficacy of RVd as induction therapy in terms of response rates and survival outcomes of transplant-eligible patients with NDMM…
Methods: The databases of Medline, Embase, and Cochrane Library were searched until February 1, 2021. Both randomized controlled trials (RCT) and non-RCTs from the available literature were extracted as one-arm data to assess the efficacy of each triplet regimen for the target patients in terms of response rates and survival rates for transplant-eligible patients with NDMM…
Results: The findings of 71 studies published from 2008 to 2020 were analyzed. For RVd induction, the overall response rate (ORR), very good partial response or better (≥ VGPR) rate, and complete response or better (≥ CR) rate after induction were 0.91, 0.23, and 0.56, respectively.
Indirect comparisons in efficacy were made between RVd and other traditional triplet regimens. RVd induction led to a better ≥ CR rate than bortezomib, cyclophosphamide, and dexamethasone (VCd) regimen in both postinduction and post-ASCT phase, ≥ CR rate 0.11 and 0.21, respectively.
The 1-year overall survival (OS) rate and 3-year OS rate of RVd regimen were longer than that of bortezomib, thalidomide, and dexamethasone (VTd), 0.97 vs 0.71, and 0.90 vs 0.70, respectively…”