Dr. Palumbo on CASTOR Trial Results in Multiple Myeloma

Antonio Palumbo, MD
Published: Sunday, Jun 05, 2016

Antonio Palumbo, MD, chief, Myeloma Unit, Department of Oncology, Section of Hematology, University of Torino, Italy, discusses the phase III results of the CASTOR trial, which was a randomized controlled study examining the efficacy of daratumumab (Darzalex), bortezomib (Velcade), and dexamethasone versus bortezomib and dexamethasone alone in patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma.

In this study, the primary endpoint was progression-free survival. Results showed that the addition of daratumumab reduced the risk of disease progression by 61%, Palumbo says.

Additionally, there were major increases in response rates in patients who received the triplet regimen. The complete response rate was doubled from 9% to 19%, while the rate of very good partial response was doubled from 29% to 59%. This demonstrates that the 3-drug therapy should be considered the standard of care for these patients, he explains.

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Antonio Palumbo, MD, chief, Myeloma Unit, Department of Oncology, Section of Hematology, University of Torino, Italy, discusses the phase III results of the CASTOR trial, which was a randomized controlled study examining the efficacy of daratumumab (Darzalex), bortezomib (Velcade), and dexamethasone versus bortezomib and dexamethasone alone in patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma.

In this study, the primary endpoint was progression-free survival. Results showed that the addition of daratumumab reduced the risk of disease progression by 61%, Palumbo says.

Additionally, there were major increases in response rates in patients who received the triplet regimen. The complete response rate was doubled from 9% to 19%, while the rate of very good partial response was doubled from 29% to 59%. This demonstrates that the 3-drug therapy should be considered the standard of care for these patients, he explains.

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