Publications by authors named "Santo Neri"

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Feasibility, Tolerability and Efficacy of Carfilzomib in Combination with Lenalidomide and Dexamethasone in Relapsed Refractory Myeloma Patients: A Retrospective Real-Life Survey of the Sicilian Myeloma Network.

J Clin Med 2019 Jun 19;8(6). Epub 2019 Jun 19.

Division of Hematology, Azienda Policlinico-OVE, University of Catania, 95125 Catania, Italy.

The ASPIRE (NCT01080391) phase 3 trial showed the efficacy of carfilzomib, lenalidomide and dexamethasone (KRd) triplet for relapse and refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM). However, little is known about safety and efficacy of KRd outside a clinical trial context. Herein we report real life results of KRd given to 130 RRMM patients from 12 Sicilian Centers. Median age was 62 years; patients had received a median of two previous lines of treatment (range 1-10) and 52% were refractory to previous treatment. Median number of KRd cycles was 12 (2-29), with a mean duration of treatment of 12 months; 21 patients had received at least 18 cycles. Overall response rate was 61%, including 18% complete response. Median PFS was 22.9 months, median OS was not reached. Creatinine clearance >30 mL/min, quality of the best achieved response and standard Fluorescence In Situ Hybridization (FISH) risk were independent predictors of favorable outcome. Patients who received the full-dosage of carfilzomib in the first two cycles had a better outcome. KRd was effective and well tolerated and in a considerable proportion of patients, therapy continued beyond the 18th cycle. The finding of a better outcome in patients with the higher cumulative dose of carfilzomib in the first two cycle encourages to maintain the maximum tolerated dose.
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June 2019

A Multicenter Phase II Study of Twice-Weekly Bortezomib plus Rituximab in Patients with Relapsed Follicular Lymphoma: Long-Term Follow-Up.

Acta Haematol 2017 4;137(1):7-14. Epub 2016 Nov 4.

Program of Innovative Therapy in Oncology and Hematology, Department of Diagnostic, Clinical Medicine and Public Health, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy.

Single-agent bortezomib (B) has shown activity in heavily pretreated patients with relapsed/refractory indolent lymphoma. On the basis of these findings, we performed a phase II study of B combined with rituximab (R) in patients with relapsed follicular lymphoma (FL). Forty-five patients with fairly good prognostic profiles were enrolled from 2007 to 2011 and received a total of 6 cycles of the B+R combination. The endpoints were the overall response rate (ORR), progression-free survival (PFS), duration of remission (DoR), overall survival (OS), and toxicity evaluation. When considering all the enrolled patients the ORR was 64%. At 5 years, the estimated PFS, DoR, and OS were 34, 49, and 70%, respectively. After excluding the 7 R-naïve patients, the ORR was 58%, with a PFS of 19 months. The most common grade >2 toxicities were thrombocytopenia (18%), peripheral neuropathy (13%), and neutropenia (2%). Our study shows the feasibility, long-term efficacy, and excellent tolerability of the B+R combination. We are aware that our study has specific limitations, such as the small sample size consisting of patients with a relatively good prognostic profile. However, because FL patients will be treated with subsequent chemotherapy regimens, a well-tolerated and effective chemotherapy-free therapy could be considered an additional tool for long-term disease control.
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February 2017

The role of tandem stem cell transplantation for multiple myeloma patients.

Expert Opin Biol Ther 2016 6;16(4):515-34. Epub 2016 Feb 6.

b Biotechnology Research Unit , Azienda Sanitaria Provinciale di Cosenza , Aprigliano (CS) , Italy.

Introduction: Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation (ASCT) represents the standard treatment in eligible "de-novo" multiple myeloma (MM) patients.

Areas Covered: ASCT may be single or tandem, and a single ASCT can be followed by an allogeneic (Allo)-SCT. A systematic review has been conducted to examine the current evidence for the efficacy of using a tandem transplant strategy in MM.

Expert Opinion: A tandem ASCT approach should be considered for all patients, although the benefit from the second ASCT in patients who are in complete remission or experience a very good partial response should be answered in a clinical trial. Recent results with the new induction regimens indicate that there is a role for tandem ASCT in the presence of adverse cytogenetic abnormalities. Planned AlloSCT after ASCT has not been found to be superior in the majority of studies and is not recommended outside of a clinical trial. However, single or tandem ASCT are both appropriate options and participation in prospective clinical trials should be encouraged to resolve the debate in the era of novel agents for MM.
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October 2016

Efficacy of biosimilar granulocyte colony-stimulating factor versus originator granulocyte colony-stimulating factor in peripheral blood stem cell mobilization in de novo multiple myeloma patients.

Cytotherapy 2015 Oct 15;17(10):1485-93. Epub 2015 Jul 15.

Biotechnology Research Unit, Azienda Sanitaria Provinciale di Cosenza, Aprigliano (CS), Italy; Haematology Unit, Azienda Ospedaliera Cosenza, Italy.

Background Aims: Filgrastim and lenograstim are the standard granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) agents for peripheral blood stem cell mobilization (PBSC) in patients who undergo autologous stem cell transplantation.

Methods: To assess whether biosimilars are effective, we conducted a single-center, prospective study that included 40 consecutive de novo multiple myeloma patients who received cyclophosphamide 4 g/m(2) per day plus biosimilar filgrastim G-CSF to mobilize PBSC. These patients were compared with a group of 37 patients matched for age, diagnosis, previous chemotherapy and mobilization who had been treated with originator G-CSF. The mean number of CD34+ cells/μL in the peripheral blood was 199.6 ± 207.4 in the biosimilar and 192.8 ± 154.7 in the originator group (P = 0.87). The median number of CD34+ cells/kg recipient collected was 11.5 ± 5.8 and 12.3 ± 5.3 in the biosimilar and originator groups, respectively (P = 0.51). The mobilization failure rate was 2.5% and 2.7% in the biosimilar filgrastim and originator filgrastim cohorts (P = NS), respectively.

Results: Twenty-nine patients in the biosimilar group and 28 patients in the originator group underwent autologous transplantation. There were no statistically significant differences between the biosimilar and originator G-CSF cohorts in terms of hematopoietic recovery parameters and transplant-related toxicities.

Conclusions: The efficacy of biosimilar G-CSF appears to be equivalent to the reference G-CSF.
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October 2015

Long-term results in multiple myeloma after high-dose melphalan and autologous transplantation according to response categories in the era of old drugs.

Clin Lymphoma Myeloma Leuk 2014 Apr 22;14(2):148-54. Epub 2013 Nov 22.

Hematology Unit, Azienda Ospedaliera dell'Annunziata, Cosenza, Italy.

Background: The aim of this study was to investigate the correlation between the long-term prognosis of multiple myeloma (MM) and the quality of response to therapy in a cohort of 173 patients treated with high-dose melphalan (HDM) and autologous transplantation in the era of old drugs.

Patients And Methods: A total of 173 patients with de novo MM who received a transplant between 1994 and 2010 were analyzed. VAD (vincristine, doxorubicin [Adriamycin], dexamethasone) was used as front-line regimen before auto-HPCT. The conditioning was HDM 200 mg/m(2). Patients were evaluated for clinical response using the criteria from the European Group for Blood and Marrow Transplantation, modified to include near complete remission (nCR) and very good partial remission (VGPR).

Results: The response distribution after transplantation in our series was complete remission (CR) in 33 cases (19%), nearly complete remission (nCR) in 38 cases (22%), VGPR in 30 cases (17%), partial remission (PR) in 65 cases (38%), and stable disease (SD) in 7 cases (4%). Patients were followed for 48 ± 36 months. Median overall survival (OS) was not reached for the CR group. Progression-free survival (PFS) was 122 months for CR, 55 months for nCR, 56 months for VGPR, 32 months for PR, and 22 months for SD. Significant differences in PFS and OS were found between the CR and nCR groups (P = .003 and P = .001, respectively), between the CR and VGPR groups (P = .002 and P = .001, respectively), and between the CR and PR groups (P = .000 and P = .001, respectively). Responses were clustered in 3 main categories, ie, CR, nCR + VGPR + PR, and SD. The respective 10-year PFS and OS values were 58% and 70% for CR, 15% and 18% for nCR + VGPR + PR, and 0% and 0% for SD.

Conclusion: The achievement of depth and prolonged response represents the most important prognostic factor. The relapse rate is low for patients in CR after 10 years of follow-up, possibly signifying a cure.
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April 2014

A randomized trial with melphalan and prednisone versus melphalan and prednisone plus thalidomide in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patients not eligible for autologous stem cell transplant.

Leuk Lymphoma 2011 Oct 12;52(10):1942-8. Epub 2011 Jun 12.

Department of Oncology and Hematology, University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Modena, Italy.

Several trials comparing the efficacy of standard melphalan and prednisone (MP) therapy with MP plus thalidomide (MPT) in elderly patients with multiple myeloma (MM) have been reported, with inconsistent results. The primary goal of our study was to evaluate the efficacy and toxicity of MP versus MPT in newly diagnosed patients with MM who were transplant-ineligible or over age 65. A total of 135 patients were enrolled. Either minimal response or better or partial response or better were more frequent with MPT treatment (p = 0.001). After a median follow-up of 30 months, median progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) were 33 and 52 months for MPT versus 22 and 32 months for MP, respectively. The comparison showed a significant advantage for MPT versus MP in PFS (p = 0.02) and only a trend for OS (p = 0.07). Severe adverse events were observed more frequently with MPT. In conclusion, our results show an improved activity of MPT at a cost of increased toxicity. We believe that MPT can be considered one of the new standard of care for elderly or transplant-ineligible patients with MM.
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October 2011

Clinical relevance of immunophenotype in a retrospective comparative study of 297 peripheral T-cell lymphomas, unspecified, and 496 diffuse large B-cell lymphomas: experience of the Intergruppo Italiano Linformi.

Cancer 2004 Oct;101(7):1601-8

Centro Trapianti Midollo Osseo, Azienda Ospedaliera Bianchi-Melacrino-Morelli, Reggio Calabria, Italy.

Background: To assess the impact of T-cell/B-cell phenotype on clinical outcome, the authors retrospectively compared patients who had peripheral T-cell lymphoma, unspecified (PTCL-U), with patients who had diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL).

Methods: Two hundred ninety-seven cases of PTCL-U and 496 cases of DLBCL that had been transferred from the files of the Intergruppo Italiano Linfomi or the Gruppo Italiano Linfomi were integrated into a unique working file and reviewed by the authors.

Results: The PTCL-U group and the DLBCL group had significantly different distribution patterns with respect to patient age, gender, disease stage, performance status (PS), the presence or absence of systemic "B" symptoms, the presence or absence of bulky disease, lactic acid dehydrogenase (LDH) levels, and number of extranodal sites (ENS). A significantly greater number of patients in the DLBCL group experienced complete remission (P < 0.0001). Multinomial logistic regression analysis confirmed that immunophenotype, PS, LDH concentration, and number of ENS were independent predictors of response. At a median follow-up duration of 43 months, there was no observable difference in disease-free survival (DFS) between patients with DLBCL and patients with PTCL-U; however, multivariate analysis did reveal that poorer PS and bone marrow involvement were significantly associated with shorter DFS. Furthermore, although the overall survival (OS) curves associated with the T-cell and B-cell immunophenotypes were significantly different from each other at a median follow-up duration of 37 months (P = 0.0012), Cox multivariate analysis excluded immunophenotype from the final OS model.

Conclusions: The findings made in the current study indicate that the natural history of PTCL-U may differ from that of DLBCL. Patients with PTCL-U tended to have less favorable clinical outcomes, although the observed difference in outcome was only partially attributable to immunophenotype, which was independently associated with response, but not with survival. Differences in prognostic factor distributions between patients with PTCL-U and patients with DLBCL may account for some portion of the expected phenotype-associated risk.
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October 2004