Peripheral blood progenitor cell collections in multiple myeloma: Predictors and management of inadequate collections
Thirty-seven patients with previously treated multiple myeloma (MM) underwent peripheral blood progenitor cell (PBPC) collection following high-dose cyclophosphamide and GM-CSF or sequential IL-3 and GM-CSF. Patients with an inadequate collection were considered for a second or third collection. 25 patients underwent subsequent autotransplant. The only variable predictive of CFU-GM yield was the extent of prior melphalan therapy. All repeat collections were unsuccessful and patients infused with an autograft obtained from multiple sets of collections had a high incidence of delayed engraftment. We conclude that melphalan should be avoided or PBPC collection performed early in the disease course in patients who are potential transplant candidates.
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