Statins are associated with reduced mortality in multiple myeloma

Kristen Marie Sanfilippo*, Jesse Keller, Brian F. Gage, Suhong Luo, Tzu Fei Wang, Gerald Moskowitz, Jason Gumbel, Brandon Blue, Katiuscia O'Brian, Kenneth R. Carson

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Purpose: The 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl-coenzyme A reductase inhibitors (statins) have activity in one of the pathways influenced by nitrogen-containing bisphosphonates, which are associated with improved survival in multiple myeloma (MM). To understand the benefit of statins in MM, we evaluated the association between statin use and mortality in a large cohort of patients with MM. Patients and Methods: From the Veterans Administration Central Cancer Registry, we identified patients diagnosed with MM between 1999 and 2013. We defined statin use as the presence of any prescription for a statin within 3 months before or any time after MM diagnosis. Cox proportional hazards regression assessed the association of statin use with mortality, while controlling for known MM prognostic factors. Results: We identified a cohort of 4,957 patients, of whom 2,294 received statin therapy. Statin use was associated with a 21% decrease in all-cause mortality (adjusted hazard ratio, 0.79; 95% CI, 0.73 to 0.86; P < .001) as well as a 24% decrease in MM-specific mortality (adjusted hazard ratio, 0.76; 95% CI, 0.67 to 0.86; P < .001). This association remained significant across all sensitivity analyses. In addition to reductions in mortality, statin use was associated with a 31% decreased risk of developing a skeletal-related event. Conclusion: In this cohort study of US veterans with MM, statin therapy was associated with a reduced risk of both all-cause and MM-specific mortality. Our findings suggest a potential role for statin therapy in patients with MM. The putative benefit of statin therapy in MM should be corroborated in prospective studies.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4008-4014
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number33
StatePublished - Nov 20 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research


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