The purpose of this Phase II study is to evaluate the safety and effectiveness (good and bad effects) of carfilzomib given as a 30-minute infusion and at a dose of 70 mg/m2 to treat patients with multiple myeloma (MM), who are currently showing progressive disease (worsening) and had progressed (did not respond to treatment) within 8 weeks of receiving treatment with 27mg/m2 of carfilzomib.
Carfilzomib is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used only in certain U.S. patients with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma that have tried and failed other therapies. Carfilzomib is considered an investigational drug for this study because the dose and regimen included in this study are different from the FDA approved carfilzomib regimen. Carfilzomib is a type of drug called a proteasome inhibitor. Carfilzomib is thought to work by preventing breakdown of abnormal proteins in cells, causing the cells to die. Cancer cells are more sensitive to these effects than normal cells. Carfilzomib has been previously given to more than 1800 people in clinical trials.
The following criteria is a partial list of reasons why patients may or may not be eligible to participate in this clinical trial. Further evaluation with a medical professional will be required to determine full eligibility.
The following criteria is provided for health care professionals.
Has a diagnosis of MM based on standard criteria1 as follows:
Any of the following sets of criteria will confirm the diagnosis of multiple myeloma: