Overall Survival With Daratumumab, Bortezomib, and Dexamethasone in Previously Treated Multiple Myeloma (CASTOR): A Randomized, Open-Label, Phase III Trial

Pieter Sonneveld*, Asher Chanan-Khan, Katja Weisel, Ajay K. Nooka, Tamas Masszi, Meral Beksac, Ivan Spicka, Vania Hungria, Markus Munder, Maria-Victoria Mateos, Tomer M. Mark, Mark-David Levin, Tahamtan Ahmadi, Xiang Qin, Wendy Garvin Mayo, Xue Gai, Jodi Carey, Robin Carson, Andrew Spencer

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At the primary analysis of CASTOR (median follow-up, 7.4 months), daratumumab plus bortezomib and dexamethasone (D-Vd) significantly prolonged progression-free survival versus bortezomib and dexamethasone (Vd) alone in relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM). We report updated efficacy and safety results at the final analysis for overall survival (OS).

CASTOR was a multicenter, randomized, open-label, phase III study during which eligible patients with ≥ 1 line of prior therapy were randomly assigned to Vd (up to eight cycles) with or without daratumumab (until disease progression). After positive primary analysis and protocol amendment, patients receiving Vd were offered daratumumab monotherapy after disease progression.

At a median (range) follow-up of 72.6 months (0.0-79.8), significant OS benefit was observed with D-Vd (hazard ratio, 0.74; 95% CI, 0.59 to 0.92; P = .0075). Median OS was 49.6 months with D-Vd versus 38.5 months with Vd. Prespecified subgroup analyses demonstrated an OS advantage with D-Vd versus Vd for most subgroups, including patients age ≥ 65 years and patients with one or two prior lines of therapy, International Staging System stage III disease, high-risk cytogenetic abnormalities, and prior bortezomib treatment. The most common (≥ 10%) grade 3/4 treatment-emergent adverse events with D-Vd versus Vd were thrombocytopenia (46.1% v 32.9%), anemia (16.0% v 16.0%), neutropenia (13.6% v 4.6%), lymphopenia (10.3% v 2.5%), and pneumonia (10.7% v 10.1%).

D-Vd significantly prolonged OS in patients with RRMM, with the greatest OS benefit observed in patients with one prior line of therapy. To our knowledge, our results, together with the OS benefit observed with daratumumab plus lenalidomide and dexamethasone in the phase III POLLUX study, demonstrate for the first time an OS benefit with daratumumab-containing regimens in RRMM (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT02136134 [CASTOR]).
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1600-1609
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number8
Early online date22 Nov 2022
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2023

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
Supported by Janssen Research & Development, LLC.

Funding Information:
The authors thank the patients who participated in the CASTOR study and their families, as well as the study coinvestigators, research nurses, and coordinators at each of the clinical sites. Medical writing and editorial support were provided by Lisa Shannon, PharmD, of Lumanity Communications Inc, and were funded by Janssen Global Services, LLC.

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© American Society of Clinical Oncology.


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