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Study of High-Dose Melphalan and Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation in Patients With Primary Light Chain Amyloidosis

This study has been completed.
Information provided by:
Office of Rare Diseases (ORD) Identifier:
First received: June 6, 2001
Last updated: June 6, 2008
Last verified: June 2008

OBJECTIVES: I. Determine the response, disease-free survival, and overall survival of patients with primary light chain amyloidosis treated with high-dose melphalan and autologous stem cell transplantation.

II. Determine the toxicity of this regimen in these patients.

Condition Intervention Phase
Amyloidosis Drug: Melphalan Procedure: Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation Phase 2

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Study of High-Dose Melphalan and Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation in

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Further study details as provided by Office of Rare Diseases (ORD):

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Response, disease-free survial, and overall survial; response will be determined by the change in organ dysfunction

Secondary Outcome Measures:
  • Toxicity of high dose chemotherapy regimen

Estimated Enrollment: 25
Study Start Date: July 1999
Study Completion Date: April 2004
Primary Completion Date: April 2004 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Intervention Details:
    Drug: Melphalan
    100 mg/m2 twice a day from Days -2 and -1 as induction therapy
    Procedure: Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation
    Bone marrow and peripheral blood stem cells harvested
Detailed Description:

PROTOCOL OUTLINE: Patients may receive induction chemotherapy before study entry. Patients then receive filgrastim (G-CSF) or another growth factor for 4-6 days as peripheral blood stem cell (PBSC) mobilization. PBSC (or bone marrow) is harvested over 2-3 days.

Patients receive high-dose melphalan IV over 30 minutes twice daily on days -2 and -1. PBSC and/or bone marrow is reinfused on day 0. Patients receive G-CSF beginning on day 0 and continuing until blood counts recover. This course may be repeated 4-12 weeks later.

Patients are followed every 3 months for 1 year and then annually for 5 years.


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years to 70 Years   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No


Disease Characteristics

  • Histologically confirmed primary amyloidosis
  • Ineligible for other high priority national or international study

Prior/Concurrent Therapy

  • Biologic therapy: Concurrent participation in gene therapy trials allowed
  • Chemotherapy: Prior chemotherapy allowed No other concurrent chemotherapy
  • Endocrine therapy: No concurrent steroids unless given with amphotericin B, for adrenal failure, or for septic shock No concurrent hormones except for non-disease-related conditions (e.g., insulin for diabetes)
  • Other: No concurrent barbiturates or acetaminophen Concurrent participation in supportive care trials allowed

Patient Characteristics

  • Performance status: ECOG 0-3
  • Hepatic: Bilirubin less than 2 times normal
  • Renal: Creatinine less than 2.5 mg/dL OR On stable hemodialysis
  • Pulmonary: DLCO at least 60% predicted OR Clearance by pulmonologist
  • Other: HIV negative
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00017680

United States, New York
Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
New York, New York, United States, 10032
Sponsors and Collaborators
Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
Study Chair: Charles S. Hesdorffer Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
  More Information

Responsible Party: Charles Hesdorffer, MD, Columbia University Identifier: NCT00017680     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 199/15927
Study First Received: June 6, 2001
Last Updated: June 6, 2008

Keywords provided by Office of Rare Diseases (ORD):
arthritis & connective tissue diseases
genetic diseases and dysmorphic syndromes
hematopoietic/lymphoid cancer
oncologic disorders
plasma cell neoplasm
primary systemic amyloidosis
rare disease

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Proteostasis Deficiencies
Metabolic Diseases
Antineoplastic Agents, Alkylating
Alkylating Agents
Molecular Mechanisms of Pharmacological Action
Antineoplastic Agents
Myeloablative Agonists
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
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