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The combination of pomalidomide and dexamethasone can be safely administered to patients with multiple myeloma (MM) and has significant efficacy, although the optimal regimen remains to be determined. Patients with MM whose disease progressed after multiple lines of therapy have limited treatment options. We designed a multicenter, phase 2 randomized study(More)
PURPOSE We evaluated improvement in the rate of prostate cancer detection when using an extensive biopsy protocol involving peripheral cores. MATERIALS AND METHODS We prospectively evaluated 303 consecutive men who underwent transrectal ultrasound guided biopsy due to elevated prostate specific antigen (PSA) and/or abnormal digital rectal examination. Ten(More)
OBJECTIVES Mastocytosis is a heterogeneous group of clonal mast cell disorders in which bone manifestations are frequently seen, but poorly understood. In this study, we analyzed correlation of clinical findings in mastocytosis patients with bone mineral density and bone turnover markers. METHODS Serum levels of bone turnover markers were measured in(More)
Age is a strong prognostic factor in multiple myeloma. The overall survival is shorter in patients older than 66 years, and even shorter in those older than 75 years. Whether age is also a prognostic parameter in patients younger than 66 years treated homogeneously with intensive approaches is unknown. To address this issue, we retrospectively analyzed a(More)
Romiplostim, a thrombopoietic agent with demonstrated efficacy against immune thrombocytopenia (ITP) in prospective controlled studies, was recently licensed for adults with chronic ITP. Only France has allowed romiplostim compassionate use since January 2008. ITP patients could receive romiplostim when they failed to respond to successive corticosteroids,(More)
We evaluated the B cell memory pool among blood B cells from 20 patients with common variable immunodeficiency (CVID). CD27+ B cell number was normal or increased in 6 patients (with 95% CD27+ B cells in 1 patient) and decreased in 14 patients. In 13 or 15 patients studied, the CD27 molecule was detectable on less than 50% IgG or IgA B cells, indicating a(More)
Autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) is recommended for younger patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma. Achieving complete response (CR) or at least very good partial response (VGPR) is a major prognostic factor for survival with 20% to 30% of patients achieving CR after ASCT. Bortezomib has shown synergistic effects with melphalan and no(More)
One hundred and ten patients with multiple myeloma were treated with bendamustine as part of a French compassionate use program. To receive bendamustine, patients had to present with relapsed or refractory disease after prior therapies that had to include alkylators, steroids, IMiDs and bortezomib. The median number of bendamustine cycles administered was 4(More)
We treated 5 patients with polyneuropathy, organomegaly, endocrinopathy, monoclonal gammopathy, and skin changes (POEMS) syndrome and multifocal bone lesions or diffuse bone marrow plasmacytic infiltration with high-dose therapy (HDT) and autologous blood stem cell transplantation. In all cases, the treatment produced remission of plasma cell proliferation(More)