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Velcade “boosts myeloma treatment”


The addition of Velcade (bortezomib) to the standard melphalan-prednisone (MP) treatment for multiple myeloma indicates significantly improved survival rates.

A long-term Phase 3 trial in newly-diagnosed patients shows that after three years the combination continues to maintain a 35%-reduced risk of death compared to MP alone.

Results of the Vista (Velcade as Initial Standard Therapy in Multiple Myeloma: Assessment with Melphalan and Prednisone) trial, the largest study to date, have been presented at the American Society of Hematology in New Orleans.

Lead author Maria-Victoria Mateos, at the Hospital Universitario Salamanca in Spain, notes that the survival curves indicate that frontline treatment with Velcade may improve long-term outcomes.

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Patients also survive longer after relapse and subsequent therapy when they initially receive the combined treatment. This indicates that Velcade use does not induce more resistant relapses.

She says: “These data are important because they show that Velcade, as initial frontline therapy, continues to extend overall survival in patients with multiple myeloma not eligible for transplant therapy.”

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