Author(s): R Ria, A Vacca, G Mangialardi, F Dammacco
We report a strikingly positive, late response to bortezomib in conjunction with pegylated liposomal doxorubicin in a 79-year old woman with multiple myeloma (MM). The patient obtained a partial remission after eight courses of therapy and a complete remission about 10 months after the end of therapy. This delayed complete remission may be similar to the spontaneous regression reported for other malignancies such as melanoma or lymphoma. We postulate that the immune response and a persistent anti-angiogenic effect of bortezomib could well explain the delayed complete remission in our patient.