Therapy-related myeloid neoplasms after treatment for plasma-cell disorders

Best Pract Res Clin Haematol. 2019 Mar;32(1):54-64. doi: 10.1016/j.beha.2019.02.003. Epub 2019 Feb 8.


Therapy-related myeloid neoplasms (t-MN), including therapy-related acute myeloid leukaemia and myelodysplastic syndrome, are second primary malignancies (SPM) that are of growing importance as patients with plasma cell disorders (PCD) such as multiple myeloma (MM) are living longer with more effective therapies. Both patient-specific and treatment-specific factors likely impact the risk of t-MN development after diagnosis and treatment of PCD. Alkylating chemotherapy, especially melphalan, has been strongly tied to the risk of t-MN. More recently, there has been a shift away from long-term alkylating therapies to immunomodulatory agents and high-dose therapy with autologous stem cell transplant (HD-ASCT). This shift has led to improved survival and long-term outcomes for most MM patients. However, the risks of t-MN remain despite the improved efficacy of these treatments, and patients who develop t-MN have a poor prognosis. Understanding the risk factors predisposing MM patients to t-MN can thus help to tailor individualized therapy to maximize anti-myeloma efficacy and minimize the risks of t-MN.

Keywords: Leukemia, myeloid; Multiple myeloma; Myelodysplastic syndromes; Neoplasms, plasma cell; Neoplasms, second primary.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation*
  • Humans
  • Leukemia, Myeloid, Acute* / diagnosis
  • Leukemia, Myeloid, Acute* / metabolism
  • Leukemia, Myeloid, Acute* / pathology
  • Leukemia, Myeloid, Acute* / therapy
  • Melphalan / adverse effects*
  • Melphalan / therapeutic use
  • Multiple Myeloma / metabolism
  • Multiple Myeloma / pathology
  • Multiple Myeloma / therapy
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes* / diagnosis
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes* / metabolism
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes* / pathology
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes* / therapy
  • Neoplasms, Second Primary* / diagnosis
  • Neoplasms, Second Primary* / metabolism
  • Neoplasms, Second Primary* / pathology
  • Neoplasms, Second Primary* / therapy
  • Prognosis
  • Risk Factors
  • Transplantation, Autologous


  • Melphalan