How to manage neutropenia in multiple myeloma.
ABSTRACT Neutropenia is a hematologic adverse event characterized by an absolute neutrophil count (ANC) lower than 1500 cells/mL. This reduction may be due to decreased neutrophil production, accelerated use, a shift in compartments of neutrophils, or a combination of these factors. Neutropenia is often associated with infections, which are major causes of morbidity and mortality in patients with cancer. In patients with multiple myeloma, the novel agents thalidomide, lenalidomide, and bortezomib have improved outcome, but chemotherapy-related neutropenia should be carefully considered. Chemotherapy-related high-risk factors for severe neutropenia include regimens with an expected neutropenia rate of > 50%, such as the 3-drug combinations including lenalidomide plus alkylating agents or doxorubicin, whereas low-risk regimens include combinations of the novel agents with dexamethasone alone. Patient characteristics, disease stage, type of current and previous treatment, and ANC < 1000 cells/mL at baseline are additional factors that define the risk of severe neutropenia. Granulocyte-colony stimulating factor (G-CSF) should be used to manage chemotherapy-related neutropenia so that patients may stay on treatment for a longer time and benefit from it. Primary G-CSF prophylaxis should be used when high-risk regimens are administered or when low/intermediate-risk regimens are used and additional risk factors are present. Reactive G-CSF treatment is indicated when patients undergoing low-risk chemotherapy experience grade 3/4 neutropenia. If ANC restores to > 1000 cells/mL, therapy can be resumed with no dose modifications. In case of persistence of severe neutropenia, treatment should be delayed until ANC reaches > 1000 cells/mL, and dose reductions are necessary.
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ABSTRACT: The process of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) is well defined, yet debate remains surrounding the role and timing of HSCT in patients with multiple myeloma (MM). Since the 1980s, survival advances have been made with the use of newer agents by recognizing the role of transplantation, identifying the anticipated side effects at each phase, and improving supportive care strategies. Data support transplantation as part of the treatment strategy, but the optimal induction regimen and timing of transplantation have yet to be defined. The general consensus is that eligible patients should undergo autologous HSCT at some point in the treatment spectrum, preferably earlier rather than later in the disease. Allogeneic transplantation is only recommended in the context of a clinical trial and in patients with high-risk disease. The transplantation process can be overwhelming for patients and caregivers. Nurses play a key role in improving outcomes by caring for patients and families throughout the transplantation experience and, therefore, need to be knowledgeable about the process. This article is intended to expand discussion on the role of nurses in assisting patients and families undergoing transplantation to include an overview of the acute care phase of the transplantation process.Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing 12/2013; 17:33-41.
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ABSTRACT: Multiple myeloma is characterized by periods of remission followed by relapse, and eventually the disease becomes refractory to treatment. While patients with multiple myeloma frequently receive multiple lines of treatment, antimyeloma agents are associated with a number of toxicities that can impact their use and influence future treatment options. Patients with relapsed and/or refractory multiple myeloma are particularly challenging to treat due to the advanced state of their disease, typically greater resistance to treatment, and the presence of disease- and treatment-related comorbidities. An understanding of the safety profile of the therapeutic agents used in treating multiple myeloma is thus crucial for appropriate patient management. Single-agent carfilzomib has been approved in the United States for the treatment of patients with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma, and has been shown to be efficacious and well-tolerated in this setting. This review examines the frequency of common and significant hematologic and nonhematologic adverse events following administration of single-agent carfilzomib in four phase II trials in relapsed and/or refractory multiple myeloma, and provides practical recommendations for their management.Therapeutic advances in hematology. 12/2013; 4(6):354-365.
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