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Table 12a. Predictors of Disease Response or Survival—Patient Demographic Factors that Predict Response to Thalidomide: Summary

Prognostic Factor

Number of studies indicating significant correlation with tumor response/ total number of studies indicating factor

Number of studies indicating significant correlation with survival/ total number of studies indicating factor


Correlation with response=2/3
(Barlogie, 2002109;Yakoub-Agha, 200260)

No correlation=1/3
(Shaughnessy, 2003133)

Correlation with survival=3/3
(Mileshkin, Biagi, et al., 200399; Shaughnessy, 2003133; Yakoub-Agha, 200260)



Correlation with survival=1/1
(Dimopoulos, 200494)

Performance status (PS measured on the ECOG PS scale)

Correlation with response=1/1
(Dimopoulos, 200170)

Correlation with survival=2/2
(Dimopoulos, 200170; Dimopoulos, 200494)

% of plasma cells in the BM


Correlation with survival=1/1
(Singhal, 199935)

Relapsed vs. refractory disease

Correlation with response=1/1
(Garcia-Sanz, 200495)


Time from diagnosis to onset of Thal

Correlation with response=1/1
(Yakoub-Agha, 200260)


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