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Randomized Phase III Study Comparing Conventional-Dose Treatment Using a Combination of Lenalidomide (Revlimid®), Bortezomib (Velcade®), and Dexamethasone (RVD) to High-Dose Treatment with Stem Cell Transplant in the Initial Management of Myeloma in Patients up to 65 Years of Age

This study, sponsored by Dr. Paul Richardson of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, was designed to answer a very important question in myeloma: In the era of novel drugs, is high-dose therapy (HDT) still necessary in the initial management of multiple myeloma in younger patients? In this study, the addition of HDT to conventional dose treatment (RVD) as compared to conventional-dose treatment (RVD) alone would be considered superior if it significantly prolongs progression-free survival by at least 9 months.


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