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multiple myeloma
immunotherapy

Parameswaran Hari, MD, on Multiple Myeloma: Expert Commentary on Four Key Abstracts

Parameswaran Hari, MD, of the Medical College of Wisconsin, discusses data from four trials and their clinical implications for the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma: the KarMMa and EVOLVE studies on CAR T cell therapies; SWOG-1211 on bortezomib, lenalidomide, and dexamthasone with/without elotuzumab for newly diagnosed, high-risk disease; and the GMMGCONCEPT trial on isatuximab, carfilzomib, lenalidomide, and dexamethasone in front-line treatment (Abstracts 8503, 8504, 8507, 8508).

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Paul G. Richardson, MD, on Multiple Myeloma: First-in-Human Study of the Novel Agent CC-92480

Paul G. Richardson, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses early results on a cereblon E3 ligase modulator agent combined with dexamethasone in patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma, with an overall response rate of 48%. The study is ongoing to further optimize dose and schedule (Abstract 8500).

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immunotherapy

Nikhil C. Munshi, MD, on Multiple Myeloma: Idecabtagene Vicleucel in Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Disease

Nikhil C. Munshi, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses initial results from the KarMMa trial, showing that idecabtagene vicleucel, a B-cell maturation antigen-targeted CAR T-cell therapy, demonstrated deep and durable responses in patients with heavily pretreated relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma. Efficacy and safety data support a favorable clinical benefit-risk profile across the target dose range (Abstract 8503).

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Parameswaran Hari, MD, on Multiple Myeloma: Post-Autologous Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation Strategies in Upfront Treatment

Parameswaran Hari, MD, of the Medical College of Wisconsin, discusses phase III data from a 6-year follow-up of the STaMINA trial, which compared progression-free survival among 758 patients with high-risk multiple myeloma who received a second autologous transplant and lenalidomide maintenance; consolidation with lenalidomide, bortezomib, and dexamethasone followed by lenalidomide maintenance; or lenalidomide maintenance alone (Abstract 8506).

Multiple Myeloma

Expert Point of View: Jesús G. Berdeja, MD

The importance of first-line therapy in multiple myeloma is that the first therapy typically achieves the most impact, and subsequent lines of therapy tend to be less effective, explained ENDURANCE study discussant Jesús G. Berdeja, MD, Director of Myeloma Research at the Sarah Cannon Research...

Multiple Myeloma

Carfilzomib Triplet Fails to Improve Outcomes vs Standard Bortezomib-Based Regimen in Newly Diagnosed Myeloma

For newly treated patients with standard- and intermediate-risk multiple myeloma who are not slated for immediate autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT), the triplet regimen of carfilzomib/lenalidomide/dexamethasone (KRd) failed to improve progression-free survival vs the current...

Multiple Myeloma

Addition of CD38-Directed Antibody Isatuximab to Multiple Myeloma Armamentarium

The treatment approaches to multiple myeloma have significantly changed over the past decade with the introduction of many new active agents. Among them, the monoclonal antibodies have been one of the most exciting advances in myeloma, complementing their success in other hematologic cancers. In...

Multiple Myeloma
Genomics/Genetics

Genomic Characteristics of Smoldering Multiple Myeloma and Risk of Progression

In a study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Mark Bustoros, MD, and colleagues identified genomic features of smoldering multiple myeloma associated with a higher risk of progression to multiple myeloma and found that alterations that drive disease progression are already present at the ...

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Meletios A. Dimopoulos, MD, on Multiple Myeloma: Selinexor, Bortezomib, and Dexamethasone for Previously Treated Patients

Meletios A. Dimopoulos, MD, of the University of Athens, discusses phase III results from the BOSTON trial, which showed that once-weekly selinexor, bortezomib, and dexamethasone significantly improved progression-free survival and overall response rates compared with twice-weekly bortezomib and dexamethasone in patients previously treated for multiple myeloma (Abstract 8501).

Multiple Myeloma

Carfilzomib vs Bortezomib in Addition to Lenalidomide/Dexamethasone in Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma

The combination of carfilzomib, lenalidomide, and dexamethasone (KRd) did not show superior efficacy in patients with newly diagnosed myeloma absent a high-risk disease prognosis, compared with the standard of care: bortezomib, lenalidomide, and dexamethasone (VRd). Data from a planned interim...

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Shaji Kumar, MD, on Multiple Myeloma: Phase III Results on Carfilzomib, Lenalidomide, Bortezomib, and Dexamethasone

Shaji Kumar, MD, of the Mayo Clinic, discusses findings from the ENDURANCE trial, which showed bortezomib, lenalidomide, and dexamethasone should remain the standard of care in patients with newly diagnosed standard- or intermediate-risk multiple myeloma, for whom early autologous stem cell transplant is not intended (Abstract LBA3).

Multiple Myeloma
COVID-19

I Have Multiple Myeloma and Am Concerned About the Coronavirus

In hindsight, the symptoms I began experiencing in the fall of 2013—sudden excruciating back bone pain and severe fatigue—should have tipped me off that I had a serious disease, but 7 years ago, they were easy to explain away. The bone pain was similar to what I had experienced several years...

Hematologic Malignancies
Leukemia
Lymphoma
Multiple Myeloma
Myelodysplastic Syndromes
Immunotherapy

Highlights From ASH 2019 Included New Data in Leukemia, Lymphoma, Myeloma, and Myelodysplastic Syndromes

The 2019 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition featured a cornucopia of sessions. It was impossible to attend all the lectures, symposia, oral presentations, poster presentations, and special events because many were concurrent. Below, we have selected some...

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covid-19

Saad Z. Usmani, MD: In My Experience Question 5

For community oncologists treating patients with multiple myeloma during the COVID-19 pandemic, what resources and clinical pearls would you suggest? Recorded April 24, 2020.

Multiple Myeloma

Outcomes With Autologous-Allogeneic vs Tandem Autologous Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation in Patients With Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma

In a pooled analysis reported in the journal Bone Marrow Transplantation, Costa et al found that autologous followed by reduced-intensity conditioning allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (auto-allo) was associated with longer overall survival compared with tandem autologous...

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covid-19

Saad Z. Usmani, MD: In My Experience Question 4

For patients with multiple myeloma who are currently on clinical trials, what are the most pressing issues as we fight COVID-19? Recorded April 24, 2020.

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covid-19

Saad Z. Usmani, MD: In My Experience Question 3

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, has your management strategy changed for post-transplant consolidation and maintenance therapy in patients with multiple myeloma? Recorded April 24, 2020.

multiple myeloma
covid-19

Saad Z. Usmani, MD: In My Experience Question 2

During the COVID-19 pandemic, do you suggest delaying upfront autologous transplant for patients with multiple myeloma? Recorded April 24, 2020.

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covid-19

Saad Z. Usmani, MD: In My Experience Question 1

As a result of COVID-19, has your decision model for front-line therapy changed for patients with multiple myeloma who are either transplant-eligible or ineligible? Recorded April 24, 2020.

Multiple Myeloma
Immunotherapy

FDA Approves Daratumumab and Hyaluronidase-fihj in Multiple Myeloma

On May 1, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved daratumumab and hyaluronidase-fihj (Darzalex Faspro) for adult patients with newly diagnosed, relapsed, or refractory multiple myeloma. This new product allows for subcutaneous dosing of daratumumab. Daratumumab and hyaluronidase-fihj...

COVID-19
Multiple Myeloma

Managing Multiple Myeloma During the COVID-19 Pandemic

In dealing with coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), some oncologists are modifying conventional treatment regimens to limit patients’ visits to infusion centers and providers’ offices. The ASCO Post asked C. Ola Landgren, MD, PhD, Chief of the Myeloma Service at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer...

Multiple Myeloma

Long-Term Outcomes With Triplet Induction and Risk-Adapted Maintenance Therapy for Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma

As reported by Joseph et al in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, follow-up in a large cohort of patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma indicates good long-term outcomes with consecutive treatment with lenalidomide/bortezomib/dexamethasone (RVD) induction therapy and risk-adapted maintenance ...

Multiple Myeloma
Immunotherapy

Isatuximab-irfc for Previously Treated Multiple Myeloma

On March 2, 2020, the CD-38-directed cytolytic antibody isatuximab-irfc (Sarclisa) was approved for use in combination with pomalidomide and dexamethasone for adult patients with multiple myeloma who have received at least two prior therapies including lenalidomide and a proteasome inhibitor.1,2...

Multiple Myeloma

Actively Recruiting Clinical Trials Studying Multiple Myeloma

This Clinical Trials Resource Guide lists six actively recruiting clinical trials that focus on treating multiple myeloma. These studies, ranging from phase I to phase III, are evaluating the safety and efficacy of vaccines, cytotoxic T lymphocytes, and drug treatment regimens. Some studies center ...

Multiple Myeloma
Immunotherapy

Addition of Isatuximab to Pomalidomide and Dexamethasone in Relapsed and Refractory Multiple Myeloma

As reported in The Lancet by Michel Attal, MD, of the Institut Universitaire du Cancer Toulouse Oncopole, France, and colleagues, the phase III ICARIA-MM trial has shown that the addition of the CD38-targeted antibody isatuximab to pomalidomide and low-dose dexamethasone significantly improved...

Multiple Myeloma
COVID-19

Case Study: Patient With Multiple Myeloma Treated for COVID-19 With Tocilizumab

A case study of one patient with multiple myeloma diagnosed with COVID-19 in Wuhan, China, published by Zhang et al in Blood Advances examined the efficacy of the immunosuppressant tocilizumab as a treatment for this particular patient. The report also suggested that patients with hematologic...

Multiple Myeloma
Immunotherapy

Daratumumab for Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma: Subcutaneous vs Intravenous Dosing

Findings from the phase III COLUMBA trial have shown that subcutaneous daratumumab is not inferior to intravenous daratumumab in terms of efficacy and pharmacokinetics and had an improved safety profile in patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma. These results were published by...

multiple myeloma
covid-19

Irene M. Ghobrial, MD, on How COVID-19 is Changing the Conduct of Clinical Trials

Irene M. Ghobrial, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, talks about PROMISE—her screening study for people at high-risk of developing precursor conditions of multiple myeloma­­—and how this and other trials have been altered in the wake of the pandemic, as well as what might be considered a silver lining to the crisis. Filmed March 30, 2020.

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lymphoma
immunotherapy

A Discussion About CAR T-Cell Therapy for Multiple Myeloma and Lymphoma

Dr. Armitage discusses the role of CAR T-cell therapy in the management of multiple myeloma and lymphoma in a conversation with his colleagues Dr. Holstein and Dr. Lunning.

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A Case of Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma

Dr. Armitage presents a case and asks Dr. Holstein to comment about her approach to treatment. The patient is be a 59-year-old man who had presented with symptomatic myeloma with bone pain and he was feeling unwell. He had bone lesions on images. He was anemic. This all happened 2 years ago. He was treated with RVD for six cycles and then an auto-transplant, followed by lenalidomide maintenance. Now, 2 years later, the patient returned to report that he had started to not feel well. He was found to have a falling hemoglobin level and a bone marrow biopsy showed 50% plasma cells. Repeat bone imaging showed new lytic lesions. How would you treat this patient?

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A Case of Smoldering Myeloma

In this episode, Dr. Armitage presents a case and asks Dr. Holstein to comment on her approach to treatment of this individual. The patient is a 65-year-old man who was referred because of a monoclonal protein found in his blood. The patient was asymptomatic. He had a normal exam. He had an IgG kappa protein of about 3.5 g. There was no protein in the urine and the bone marrow biopsy showed 17% clonal plasma cells. His renal function calcium, bone images were all normal. The patient had been told by another physician that no treatment was appropriate and he came to you wanting another opinion.

Multiple Myeloma

FDA Approves Isatuximab-irfc–Based Triplet Regimen for Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma

On March 2, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved isatuximab-irfc (Sarclisa) in combination with pomalidomide and dexamethasone for the treatment of adult patients with multiple myeloma who have received at least two prior therapies, including lenalidomide and a proteasome inhibitor. ...

Multiple Myeloma

Redefining What It Means to Have Precursor Myeloma

Studies have shown that all patients diagnosed with multiple myeloma had a preceding asymptomatic expansion of clonal plasma cells, clinically recognized as monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance or smoldering multiple myeloma. According to C. Ola Landgren, MD, PhD, Professor of...

Multiple Myeloma

Expert Point of View: Suzanne Lentzsch, MD, PhD

Suzanne Lentzsch, MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine and Director of the Multiple Myeloma and Amyloidosis Service at Columbia University, offered her thoughts on venetoclax-based regimens, such as the one described by Dr. Kaufman. “Despite tremendous progress in the treatment of multiple myeloma, the...

Multiple Myeloma

Venetoclax Plus Dexamethasone Shows Activity in t(11;14) Multiple Myeloma

In a phase I/II study of patients with advanced multiple myeloma and t(11;14) translocations, the combination of venetoclax and dexamethasone showed strong, durable activity, even in patients refractory to daratumumab, study investigators reported at the 2019 American Society of Hematology (ASH)...

Leukemia
Lymphoma
Multiple Myeloma
Immunotherapy

Highlights From ASH 2019 Included New Data in Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Multiple Myeloma

The ASH 2019 Annual Meeting & Exposition featured countless important sessions and lectures. It would be impossible to attend all the symposia, oral presentations, poster presentations, and special events. Below, we have selected some presentation highlights to supplement our coverage of the...

Immunotherapy
Multiple Myeloma

Expert Point of View: Thierry Facon, MD, and Michael Jain, MD, PhD

Thierry Facon, MD, of Lille University Hospital in France, and Michael Jain, MD, PhD, of Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, were interviewed by The ASCO Post on the second-generation chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell products for treating multiple myeloma. According to Dr. Facon, essentially...

Immunotherapy
Multiple Myeloma

Next-Generation BCMA-Targeted CAR T-Cell Therapies for Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma Explored in Early-Phase Trials

Two novel dual-target chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell strategies are yielding early and durable responses for patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma, as well as potentially less cytokine-release syndrome and neurotoxicity compared with first-generation CAR T-cell products,...

Hematologic Malignancies
Leukemia
Multiple Myeloma
Lymphoma
Immunotherapy

Conference Highlights From the 2019 American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting & Exposition

More than 25,000 specialists in hematology from over 115 countries attended the 61st American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition held last December in Orlando. The conference featured a stunning array of 4,900 abstracts with impressive new data in the treatment of multiple...

Multiple Myeloma
Immunotherapy

Activity of Anti-BCMA BiTE Molecule AMG 420 in Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma

In a phase I study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Max S. Topp, MD, and colleagues found the maximum tolerated dose of the investigational anti–B cell maturation antigen (BCMA) bispecific T-cell engager (BiTE) molecule AMG 420 elicited a high response rate in patients with relapsed or ...

Multiple Myeloma
Prostate Cancer
Lung Cancer
Hepatobiliary Cancer
Immunotherapy

FDA Pipeline: Priority Reviews in Multiple Myeloma, Prostate Cancer

Over the past week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Priority Review to treatments for multiple myeloma and prostate cancer; gave Fast Track designation to a targeted gene therapy for lung cancer; granted Orphan Drug designation to a combination therapy for hepatocellular...

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Multiple Myeloma
Colorectal Cancer
Immunotherapy

FDA Pipeline: Priority Reviews in Ovarian Cancer, Prostate Cancer, and NSCLC

This week, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Priority Review to treatments for ovarian, prostate, and lung cancer; granted Orphan Drug designation to therapies for chemotherapy-induced thrombocytopenia and multiple myeloma; and granted Breakthrough Device designation to platforms...

Multiple Myeloma

Selected Abstracts on New Therapies for Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma

To complement The ASCO Post’s comprehensive coverage of the 2019 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition, here are several abstracts selected from the meeting proceedings focusing on novel therapeutic regimens including the monoclonal antibody daratumumab in combination ...

Multiple Myeloma

Activity of Belantamab Mafodotin in Patients With Heavily Pretreated Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma

In the phase II DREAMM-2 trial reported in The Lancet Oncology, Sagar Lonial, MD, and colleagues found that the antibody-drug conjugate belantamab mafodotin was active in patients with heavily pretreated relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma. The agent is a conjugate of an anti–B-cell maturation...

Multiple Myeloma
Immunotherapy

Overall Survival With the Addition of Daratumumab to VMP in Newly Diagnosed, Transplant-Ineligible Multiple Myeloma

As reported in The Lancet by Maria-Victoria Mateos, MD, and colleagues, interim analysis of overall survival in the phase III ALCYONE trial has shown a significant benefit of the addition of daratumumab to bortezomib, melphalan, and prednisone (D-VMP) in patients with newly diagnosed multiple...

Multiple Myeloma

Taking a Reasonable Approach to Treating Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma is a malignancy characterized by clonal proliferation of terminally differentiated plasma cells within the bone marrow. Although it leads to a host of different issues within the body, overall survival has steadily improved in recent years. “This is largely because of better...

Multiple Myeloma

My Dream Is That Multiple Myeloma Will One Day Be in My Past and No Longer a Part of My Future

A year before my diagnosis of multiple myeloma, in 2010, my husband Paul and I moved with our six children to Monterrey, Mexico, where Paul was helping to create a venture capital industry. We were so busy settling into a new country and getting our children integrated into school that when I...

Multiple Myeloma

Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma Outcomes Improving Exponentially

Emerging treatments for relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma include options beyond triplet regimens, including immunotherapy and mutation-driven therapy. Several exciting drugs are poised to be available in the clinic in 2020, according to speakers at the recent JADPRO Live, the annual...

Immunotherapy
Multiple Myeloma

Phase Ib/II Studies Explore Next-Generation BCMA-Targeted CAR T-Cell Therapies in Multiple Myeloma

In patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma, two novel dual-target chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell strategies are yielding early and durable responses, with seemingly less cytokine-release syndrome and neurotoxicity than first-generation CAR T-cell products, according to the...

Multiple Myeloma

Evaluation of Residual Disease in Patients With Multiple Myeloma Using IMWG Flow Cytometry Criteria

In a study reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Paiva et al examined the applicability of International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) criteria for next-generation flow cytometry assessment of minimal residual disease (MRD) in multiple myeloma. They found that the IMWG flow MRD-negative...

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