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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)
We previously showed that arsenic trioxide (ATO) and melarsoprol may inhibit the growth of multiple myeloma (MM) cells in vitro and in vivo. We report here the administration of arsenic derivatives in 12 relapsing or refractory secretory MM patients. A total of 10 patients received ATO (eight in a continuous schedule, two discontinuously) and two received(More)
PURPOSE To study the impact of high-dose therapy (HDT) with autologous stem-cell support in patients with symptomatic multiple myeloma (MM) between the ages of 55 and 65 years. PATIENTS AND METHODS One hundred ninety patients between 55 and 65 years old who had newly diagnosed stage II or III MM were randomly assigned to receive either conventional(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)
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)
The combination of pomalidomide and low-dose dexamethasone (Pom-Dex) can be safely administered to patients with end-stage relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM). However, we observed a shorter median progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) in these patients when characterized with adverse cytogenetics (deletion 17p and translocation(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)
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)