, Volume 174, Issue 2, pp 26-32

Autologous stem cell transplantation in myeloma: the St James’s Hospital experience, 1997–2003

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High-dose treatment with autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) has become the standard of care for patients with myeloma below the age of 65 years.


We report an audit of 60 patients (median age: 52.5 years) who underwent ASCT in the National Bone Marrow Transplant centre in St James’s Hospital in Dublin between 1997 and 2003 inclusive.


Clinical and laboratory data were retrieved from patient medical records and hospital information management systems.


Thirty-six patients had IgG, 11 IgA, 1 IgD, 9 light chain and 3 non-secretory MM. Fifty-seven (95%) patients received anthracycline-corticosteroid combination chemotherapy prior to autografting. There was no transplant-related mortality (TRM). Complete (CR) and Partial Responses (PR) were seen in 16 (29.6%) and 29 (53.7%) of those evaluable (n = 54 (90%)). The actuarial Progression-Free (PFS) and Overall Survival (OS) rates at five years are 13% and 55% respectively.


Centre outcome is comparable to published international series and supports the use of ASCT in the treatment of this malignancy.