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Thalidomide for Multiple Myeloma

This study has been completed.
Celgene Corporation
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier:
First received: May 29, 2002
Last updated: July 27, 2012
Last verified: July 2012
The objective of this protocol is to assess therapeutic activity of thalidomide in previously untreated patients with asymptomatic multiple myeloma.

Condition Intervention Phase
Multiple Myeloma
Drug: Thalidomide
Phase 3

Study Type: Interventional
Study Design: Allocation: Non-Randomized
Intervention Model: Single Group Assignment
Masking: Open Label
Primary Purpose: Treatment
Official Title: Thalidomide for Multiple Myeloma

Resource links provided by NLM:

Further study details as provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • Maximum Tolerated Dose of Thalidomide [ Time Frame: 14 day cycles ]

Enrollment: 27
Study Start Date: May 1999
Study Completion Date: April 2005
Primary Completion Date: April 2005 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Arms Assigned Interventions
Experimental: Thalidomide
200 mg at bedtime daily for 14 days (days 1-14), followed by an increase to 400 mg daily for 14 days (days 15-28), 600 mg daily for 14 days (days 29-42), up to a maximum 800 mg (days 43-completion)
Drug: Thalidomide
200 mg at bedtime daily for 14 days (days 1-14), followed by an increase to 400 mg daily for 14 days (days 15-28), 600 mg daily for 14 days (days 29-42), up to a maximum 800 mg (days 43-completion)
Other Name: Thalomid

Detailed Description:

This study attempts to examine the potential efficacy of thalidomide in the treatment of patients with previously untreated multiple myeloma. The trial focuses on patients with asymptomatic and indolent disease who do not require immediate chemotherapy. We intend to treat asymptomatic patients with an initial dose of 200 mg each evening, increasing to a maximum of 800 mg.

Thalidomide is supplied as 50 mg capsules to be taken by mouth. The initial dose will be 200 mg at bedtime daily for 14 days (days 1-14), followed by an increase to 400 mg daily for 14 days (days 15-28), 600 mg daily for 14 days (days 29-42), up to a maximum 800 mg (days 43-completion) daily provided there are no side effects.

Patients who experience significant toxicity (grade 2 or more) at any time during therapy will receive a lower dose after treatment is interrupted for at least 2 days.

Once a maximum tolerated dose has been reached free of side effects, that dose will be continued for a total of 3 months from institution of therapy before definition of response or resistance. Only patients who have received at least 200 mg/d for at least 2 months will be considered evaluable for response. For patients in remission, treatment will be continued at the maximum dose free of side effects until relapse. Selected patients <55 years of age who achieve remission may be eligible for stem cell transplant (SCT) in which case thalidomide will be discontinued prior to SCT.

Patients must be willing to return for evaluation every 4 weeks since thalidomide may only be prescribed for 28 day intervals.


Ages Eligible for Study:   Child, Adult, Senior
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
  • Previously untreated patients with multiple myeloma and without serious or imminent complications (e.g. impending pathologic fracture, hypercalcemia, renal insufficiency). All asymptomatic patients with low or intermediate tumor mass will qualify.
  • Patients with high tumor mass, symptomatic or impending fractures, hypercalcemia (corrected calcium >11.5 mg%), anemia (Hgb <8.5 gm/dl), renal failure (creatinine >2.0 mg/dl), high serum lactate dehydrogenase (>300 U/L) or plasma cell leukemia (>1000/ul) are ineligible.
  • Overt infections or unexplained fever should be resolved before treatment. Adequate liver function (including SGPT, bilirubin and LDH) is required.
  • Patients must have Zubrod performance of 1 or less.
  • Patients must provide written informed consent indicating that they are aware of the investigational nature of this study.
  • Life expectancy should exceed 1 year.
  • Patients with idiopathic monoclonal gammopathy and non-secretory multiple myeloma are ineligible. Patients whose only prior therapy has been with local radiotherapy, alpha-IFN, or ATRA are eligible. Patients exposed to prior high-dose glucocorticoid or alkylating agent are not eligible.
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00038233

United States, Texas
University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas, United States, 77030
Sponsors and Collaborators
M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
Celgene Corporation
Principal Investigator: Donna M. Weber, MD, BS UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
  More Information

Additional Information:
Responsible Party: M.D. Anderson Cancer Center Identifier: NCT00038233     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: DM98-359
Study First Received: May 29, 2002
Last Updated: July 27, 2012

Keywords provided by M.D. Anderson Cancer Center:

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Multiple Myeloma
Neoplasms, Plasma Cell
Neoplasms by Histologic Type
Hemostatic Disorders
Vascular Diseases
Cardiovascular Diseases
Blood Protein Disorders
Hematologic Diseases
Hemorrhagic Disorders
Lymphoproliferative Disorders
Immunoproliferative Disorders
Immune System Diseases
Immunosuppressive Agents
Immunologic Factors
Physiological Effects of Drugs
Leprostatic Agents
Anti-Bacterial Agents
Anti-Infective Agents
Angiogenesis Inhibitors
Angiogenesis Modulating Agents
Growth Substances
Growth Inhibitors
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