Bortezomib, thalidomide, and dexamethasone with or without daratumumab for transplantation-eligible patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (CASSIOPEIA): health-related quality of life outcomes of a randomised, open-label, phase 3 trial

Murielle Roussel, Philippe Moreau, Benjamin Hebraud, Kamel Laribi, Arnaud Jaccard, Mamoun Dib, Borhane Slama, Véronique Dorvaux, Bruno Royer, Laurent Frenzel, Sonja Zweegman, Saskia K. Klein, Annemiek Broijl, Kon Siong Jie, Jianping Wang, Veronique Vanquickelberghe, Carla de Boer, Tobias Kampfenkel, Katharine S. Gries, John FastenauPieter Sonneveld

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Background: In part 1 of the two-part CASSIOPEIA study, treatment before and after autologous haematopoietic stem-cell transplantation (HSCT) with daratumumab plus bortezomib, thalidomide, and dexamethasone (D-VTd) significantly improved rates of stringent complete response and progression-free survival versus bortezomib, thalidomide, and dexamethasone (VTd) in patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma. Methods: CASSIOPEIA is an ongoing randomised, open-label, active-controlled, parallel-group, phase 3 trial done at 111 academic and community practice centres in Europe. Transplantation-eligible adults with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma were randomly assigned (1:1) to D-VTd or VTd. Treatment consisted of four 28-day cycles of induction therapy before autologous HSCT and two 28-day cycles of consolidation therapy after. In this prespecified secondary analysis, patient-reported outcomes were assessed using the European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer quality of life questionnaire-core 30-item (EORTC QLQ-C30) and EuroQol 5-dimensional descriptive system (EQ-5D-5L) questionnaire at baseline, after induction (cycle 4, day 28), and after consolidation (day 100 after autologous HSCT). The analysis was done in all patients in the intention-to-treat population with a baseline and at least one post-baseline patient-reported outcome assessment. The trial is registered at (NCT02541383). Findings: Between Sept 22, 2015, and Aug 1, 2017, 1085 patients were enrolled and randomly assigned D-VTd (n=543) or VTd (n=542). Questionnaire completion rates were high at baseline (511 [94%] of 543 in the D-VTd group vs 510 [94%] of 542 in the VTd group). Compliance rates (calculated from the number of completed surveys as a proportion of the predicted number of participants still on study treatment) were high at post-induction (431 [84%] of 513 vs 405 [80%] of 509) and post-consolidation (414 [90%] of 460 vs 386 [88%] of 438) assessments and were similar between treatment groups. Mean changes in global health status scores from baseline to post-induction were not different between the D-VTd group (3·8 [95% CI 1·6 to 6·0]) and VTd group (2·9 [0·7 to 5·1]; p=0·43), or from baseline to post-consolidation between the two groups (D-VTd group, 9·7 (95% CI 7·4 to 11·9) vs VTd group, 8·7 (6·5 to 11·0; p=0·45). Improvements from baseline in EORTC QLQ-C30 global health status and EQ-5D-5L visual analogue scale scores were observed in post-consolidation scores in both groups. Post-consolidation scores showed significantly greater mean decreases in pain (−23·3 [95% CI −26·6 to −20·0] in the D-VTd group vs −19·7 [−23·0 to −16·3] in the VTd group; p=0·042), significantly smaller reductions in cognitive functioning (−5·0 [−7·6 to −2·4] vs −7·9 [−10·6 to −5·3]; p=0·036), and significantly greater improvements in emotional functioning (13·0 [10·4 to 15·5] vs 9·5 [6·9 to 12·1]; p=0·013) and in constipation (–3·2 [–7·3 to 0·9] vs 1·8 [–2·4 to 6·0]; p=0·025) with D-VTd versus VTd. Between-group differences in change from baseline for all other scales were not significant. Interpretation: D-VTd and VTd were associated with on-treatment health-related quality of life improvements from baseline in transplantation-eligible patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma. The significantly greater reductions in pain, less deterioration of cognitive functioning, and greater emotional functioning improvements complement the clinical benefits observed with D-VTd versus VTd, and support the addition of daratumumab to standard regimens in patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma. Funding: Intergroupe Francophone du Myélome, The Dutch-Belgian Cooperative Trial Group for Hematology Oncology, and Janssen Research and Development.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e874-e883
JournalThe Lancet Haematology
Issue number12
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2020

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