Pooled Analysis of Pomalidomide for Treating Patients with Multiple Myeloma

  • Sun, Jia-Jia (The First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University) ;
  • Zhang, Chi (The First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University) ;
  • Zhou, Jun (The First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University) ;
  • Yang, Hui-Lin (The First Affiliated Hospital of Soochow University)
  • Published : 2015.04.29


Background: Patients with refractory or relapsed multiple myeloma are considered to have a very poor prognosis, and new regimens are needed to improve this setting. Pomalidomide is a new immunomodulatory drug with high in vitro potency. Immunomodulatory drugs are hypothesized to act through multiple mechanisms. Here we performed a systemic analysis to evaluate pomalidomide-based chemotherapy (pomalidomide in combination with low-dose dexamethasone) as salvage treatment for patients with refractory and relapsed multiple myeloma. Methods: Clinical studies evaluating the efffectiveness of pomalidomide based regimens on response and safety for patients with refractory and relapsed multiple myeloma were identified using a predefined search strategy. Pooled response rate (RR) of treatment were calculated. Results: For pomalidomide based regimens, 4 clinical studies which including 291 patients with refractory and relapsed multiple myeloma were considered eligible for inclusion. Systemic analysis suggested that, in all patients, pooled RR was 41.2% (120/291). Major adverse effects were hematologic toxicity, including grade 1 or 2 anemia, leucopenia and thrombocytopenia with pomalidomide based treatment. No treatment related death occurred. Conclusion: This pooled analysis suggests that pomalidomide in combination with low-dose dexamethasone is active with good tolerability in treating patients with refractory or relapsed multiple myeloma.


Pomalidomide;multiple myeloma;treatment;prognosis


Supported by : Natural Science Foundation of China


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