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FDA Pipeline: New Priority Reviews, Designations, and Clearances, Plus Statements on Genetic Testing and Class Labeling

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently issued the following new approvals and designations: Priority Review for Atezolizumab in Combination With Chemotherapy for the Initial Treatment of Extensive-Stage SCLC The FDA accepted a supplemental biologics license application...

multiple myeloma

Paul Richardson, MD, on Multiple Myeloma: Results From the OP-106 Horizon Trial

Paul Richardson, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses updated results and the first report on progression-free survival for melflufen therapy administered to people with multiple myeloma that is refractory to daratumumab and/or pomalidomide (Abstract 600).

multiple myeloma

Francesca M. Gay, MD, on Multiple Myeloma: Results From the Forte Trial

Francesca M. Gay, MD, of GIMEMA, European Myeloma Network, discusses study findings on the use of carfilzomib in induction combination regimens with autologous transplantation, and consolidation regimens in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (Abstract 121).

multiple myeloma

FDA Approves Elotuzumab Plus Pomalidomide and Dexamethasone for Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma

ON NOVEMBER 6, 2018, following Priority Review, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved elotuzumab (Empliciti) injection for intravenous use in combination with pomalidomide (Pomalyst) and dexamethasone for the treatment of adult patients with multiple myeloma who have received at...

hematologic malignancies
multiple myeloma

Emerging Options and Sequencing Therapy in Relapsed Multiple Myeloma

Advances in the treatment of multiple myeloma have led to longer progression-free survival, but the majority of patients will still relapse despite newer treatments. A number of new drugs and combinations are under study in the hope of improving outcomes. “Multiple myeloma is a complex disease...

leukemia
multiple myeloma

FDA Authorizes First Next-Generation Sequencing–Based Test to Detect Minimal Residual Disease in B-Cell ALL or Multiple Myeloma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently permitted marketing of the ClonoSEQ assay, a next-generation sequencing–based test for minimal residual disease in patients with B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) or multiple myeloma. “At the FDA, we’re continuing to...

multiple myeloma

Shaji K. Kumar, MD, on Multiple Myeloma: Treatment Update

Shaji K. Kumar, MD, of the Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, discusses emerging therapeutic options for relapsed multiple myeloma and how best to sequence treatments.

multiple myeloma

Natalie S. Callander, MD, on Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma: Expert Perspective

Natalie S. Callander, MD, of the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, discusses key patient and clinical factors that influence first-line treatment choices, as well as the efficacy and tolerability of multiple myeloma therapies.

multiple myeloma
immunotherapy

FDA Accepts sBLA for Elotuzumab Plus Pomalidomide and Low-Dose Dexamethasone in Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) recently accepted a supplemental biologics license application (sBLA) for elotuzumab (Empliciti) in combination with pomalidomide (Pomalyst) and low-dose dexamethasone for the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma who...

hematologic malignancies
multiple myeloma

New Tool for Assessing Frailty Predicts Survival in Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma

A new frailty index predicts overall survival for patients newly diagnosed with multiple myeloma, according to a study recently published in JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics (JCO CCI). This tool is important because frailty is a critical factor in treatment decision-making for many patients with...

hematologic malignancies
multiple myeloma
immunotherapy

Daratumumab in Newly Diagnosed Transplant-Ineligible Multiple Myeloma

In May 2018, daratumumab (Darzalex) was approved for use in combination with VMP (bortezomib, melphalan, and prednisone) in the treatment of patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma who are ineligible for autologous stem cell transplantation.1 Supporting Efficacy Data Approval was based on...

multiple myeloma

New Tool for Assessing Frailty in Patients With Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma

A NEW “frailty index” may predict overall survival for patients newly diagnosed with multiple myeloma, according to a study published in JCO Clinical Cancer Informatics.1 Frailty is a critical factor in treatment decision-making for many patients with multiple myeloma, as many of these patients are ...

multiple myeloma

New Frontiers Being Explored in Multiple Myeloma

BEFORE TOO LONG, oncologists can expect to have an entirely new arsenal in the fight against multiple myeloma. Cutting-edge therapies on the near horizon were described in a presentation by Kenneth Anderson, MD, at the 2018 American Association of Cancer Research’s (AACR’s) inaugural conference on...

multiple myeloma

Expert Point of View: Parameswaran Hari, MD

FORMAL DISCUSSANT Parameswaran Hari, MD, of the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, was impressed by many aspects of the bb2121 study, which represents the “largest and most mature” data set for the chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell approach in myeloma, he noted.  According to Dr. Hari,...

multiple myeloma
immunotherapy

CAR T-Cell Therapy: Updated Data Remain Favorable in Heavily Pretreated Patients With Myeloma

IN AN UPDATE of a phase I trial, a heavily pretreated population of patients with multiple myeloma continued to respond to the chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy bb2121.1 The results presented at the 2018 ASCO Annual Meeting confirmed previous findings for bb2121 in the dose-escalation...

lung cancer
multiple myeloma

Studies of Daratumumab in Combination With Anti–PD-L1 Agents Stopped

On May 26, Genmab A/S announced that following a planned review, the Data Monitoring Committee (DMC) has recommended that the phase Ib/II study (CALLISTO/LUC2001) of daratumumab (Darzalex) in combination with the anti–programmed cell death ligand 1 (PD-L1) antibody atezolizumab (Tecentriq) vs ...

multiple myeloma
immunotherapy

2018 ASCO: Pomalidomide, Bortezomib, and Low-Dose Dexamethasone in Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma

For patients with multiple myeloma who have been treated with lenalidome (Revlimid) but have relapsed and not responded to other therapy, a three-drug combination can significantly extend the time in which the disease is held in check. The findings of the phase III OPTIMISMM trial were presented by ...

multiple myeloma

Aviva C. Krauss, MD, on Multiple Myeloma: Treatment Trials Analysis

Aviva C. Krauss, MD, of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, discusses findings on an FDA analysis of immune-related adverse events and response to pembrolizumab in multiple myeloma (Abstract 8008).

multiple myeloma
immunotherapy

FDA Approves Daratumumab/VMP Combination for Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma

On May 7, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration(FDA) approved daratumumab (Darzalex) in combination with bortezomib (Velcade), a proteasome inhibitor; melphalan, an alkylating agent; and prednisone—VMP—for the treatment of patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma who are ineligible for...

multiple myeloma
immunotherapy

FDA Approves Daratumumab in Combination With VMP for Newly Diagnosed Patients With Multiple Myeloma Who Are Transplant-Ineligible

On May 7, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved daratumumab (Darzalex) in combination with bortezomib (Velcade), a proteasome inhibitor; melphalan, an alkylating agent; and prednisone—VMP—for the treatment of patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma who are...

hematologic malignancies
multiple myeloma

Role of Bone-Modifying Agents in Multiple Myeloma

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Kenneth C. Anderson, MD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and colleagues, ASCO has issued a clinical practice guideline update on the role of bone-modifying agents in multiple myeloma.1 The update was performed by an expert panel systematic...

hematologic malignancies
multiple myeloma

Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation Awards $7M to Advance Immunotherapy Research

The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation announced that, as part of its $15M Immunotherapy Initiative, it has awarded $7 million to fund three research programs led by myeloma researchers. The Immunotherapy Initiative, through the formation of highly collaborative, multidisciplinary Immune Networks ...

multiple myeloma

Updated International Myeloma Working Group Criteria: Diagnostic Challenges

The ASCO Post is pleased to present Hematology Expert Review, an ongoing feature that quizzes readers on issues in hematology. In this installment, Drs. Abutalib and Landgren review the underlying data that shaped the updated International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) diagnostic criteria for...

hematologic malignancies
multiple myeloma

Cardiovascular Toxicity and Carfilzomib Treatment in Multiple Myeloma

The proteasome inhibitor carfilzomib (Kyprolis) has taken on an increasing role in the treatment of multiple myeloma, but new research from the Abramson Cancer Center of the University of Pennsylvania shows the therapy may come with the risk of cardiovascular problems in a higher-than-expected...

multiple myeloma

EXPERT POINT OF VIEW: Kenneth C. Anderson, MD, and S. Vincent Rajkumar, MD

AT A PREMEETING webinar, American Society of Hematology then President Kenneth C. Anderson, MD, Director of the Lebow Institute for Myeloma Therapeutics and Jerome Lipper Myeloma Center at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, commented: “This study demonstrates this new treatment has good...

multiple myeloma
immunotherapy

Unique CAR T-Cell Construct Studied in Multiple Myeloma

CD19-DIRECTED chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy has been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of leukemia (tisagenlecleucel [Kymriah]) and lymphoma (axicabtagene ciloleucel [Yescarta]), but another type of CAR T-cell therapy is generating interest as a...

multiple myeloma

EXPERT POINT OF VIEW: Andrzej Jakubowiak, MD, PhD

INTERVIEWED BY The ASCO Post, Andrzej Jakubowiak, MD, PhD, Director of the Multiple Myeloma Program at the University of Chicago Medical Center, commented on the “controversial findings” of EMN02/HO95. “This European study has opened the gate toward showing the benefit of a second transplant,...

multiple myeloma

European Study Shows Double Transplant Improves Survival in Myeloma

FOR NEWLY DIAGNOSED patients with multiple myeloma considered to be at high risk of disease progression, double autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) significantly prolongs progression-free and overall survival, vs single transplant, according to the phase III EMN02/HO95 study. The findings...

multiple myeloma
symptom management

Analysis of Carfilzomib-Related Cardiotoxicity

In a systematic review and meta-analysis reported in Leukemia & Lymphoma, Shah et al identified the risk of cardiotoxicity among patients, most with multiple myeloma, receiving carfilzomib (Kyprolis) in clinical trials. Study Details The study included data from 4,164 patients who received...

multiple myeloma

Overall Survival With Carfilzomib vs Bortezomib in Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma

As reported by Meletios A. Dimopoulos, MD, of the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Alexandra Hospital, and colleagues in The Lancet Oncology, a prespecified interim analysis of the phase III ENDEAVOR trial has shown a significant overall survival benefit for carfilzomib (Kyprolis)...

multiple myeloma

Results From Phase III ARROW Study of Once-Weekly Carfilzomib in Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma

TOPLINE RESULTS of the phase III ARROW trial (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT02412878) were recently announced by Amgen. The study showed carfilzomib (Kyprolis) administered once weekly at 70 mg/m2 with dexamethasone allowed patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma to live 3.6 months ...

multiple myeloma
immunotherapy

Pomalidomide and Low-Dose Dexamethasone in Patients With Multiple Myeloma and Renal Impairment

In a European phase II trial reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Dimopoulos et al found that pomalidomide (Pomalyst) plus low-dose dexamethasone produced responses in patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma and renal impairment. Study Details In the study, 81 patients with ...

multiple myeloma

EXPERT POINT OF VIEW: Ken Shain, MD

KEN SHAIN, MD, Assistant Member of the Department of Malignant Hematology and Tumor Biology, Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa, Florida, and Scientific Director of the Moffitt Myeloma Working Group, moderated the session where the study was presented and offered comments to The ASCO Post. “Professor...

multiple myeloma

For Patients Treated for Myeloma, Antibiotic Prophylaxis May Reduce Infections and Deaths

IN PATIENTS undergoing treatment of multiple myeloma, the prophylactic use of levofloxacin significantly reduced febrile episodes and deaths, without increasing healthcare-associated infections or carriage of key nosocomial pathogens, in a large multicenter study from the United Kingdom.1 The...

hematologic malignancies
multiple myeloma
immunotherapy

Daratumumab in Previously Treated Multiple Myeloma

  On June 16, 2017, daratumumab -(Darzalex) was approved for use in combination with pomalidomide (Pomalyst) and dexamethasone for treatment of patients with multiple myeloma who have received at least two prior therapies including lenalidomide (Revlimid) and a proteasome inhibitor.1,2 Supporting...

multiple myeloma
immunotherapy

ASPIRE Trial: Final Overall Survival Results in Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma

The final overall survival results of the phase III ASPIRE trial indicate significant improvement with carfilzomib (Kyprolis), lenalidomide (Revlimid), and dexamethasone (KRd) vs lenalidomide plus dexamethasone (Rd) in patients who had received one to three prior lines of therapy for multiple...

multiple myeloma
immunotherapy

FDA Grants Priority Review for Daratumumab in Front-Line Multiple Myeloma Setting

On January 19, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted Priority Review to the supplemental Biologics License Application (sBLA) for the use of daratumumab (Darzalex) in combination with bortezomib (Velcade), melphalan, and prednisone for the treatment of patients with newly diagnosed...

multiple myeloma

Expert Point of View: Keith Stewart, MB, ChB

COMMENTING ON the ALCYONE trial for The ASCO Post, Keith Stewart, MB, ChB, the Carlson and Nelson Endowed Director of the Center for Individualized Medicine at the Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota, said, “Daratumumab added to a combination of drugs that we don’t use much anymore in the United...

multiple myeloma

Daratumumab Improves Progression-Free Survival in Front-Line Myeloma Setting

FOR NEWLY DIAGNOSED multiple myeloma patients not eligible for transplant, the addition of the anti-CD38 monoclonal antibody daratumumab (Darzalex) to subcutaneous bortezomib (Velcade), melphalan, and prednisone (VMP) reduced the risk of disease progression or death by 50%, the phase III ALCYONE...

multiple myeloma

ASH 2017: ALCYONE Trial: Adding Daratumumab to Bortezomib, Melphalan, and Prednisone in Multiple Myeloma

The first randomized trial to evaluate the use of a monoclonal antibody for treating newly diagnosed multiple myeloma showed that adding the drug daratumumab (Darzalex) to one of the standard treatment regimens reduced the likelihood of disease progression or death by 50%. The regimen also induced...

hematologic malignancies
leukemia
lymphoma
multiple myeloma

ASH 2017: People Aged 75 Years and Older Are Underrepresented in Blood Cancer Clinical Trials

In the first comprehensive analysis of clinical trial enrollment among older adults with blood cancers, researchers from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) found significant gaps in participation among those aged 75 and older when considered against the incidence of these malignancies in...

multiple myeloma

Maria-Victoria Mateos, MD, PhD, on Multiple Myeloma: Results From the ALCYONE Trial

Maria-Victoria Mateos, MD, PhD, of the University Hospital of Salamanca, discusses phase III study findings on daratumumab plus bortezomib, melphalan, and prednisone vs bortezomib, melphalan, and prednisone in patients ineligible for transplant who have been newly diagnosed with multiple myeloma...

multiple myeloma

ASH 2017: Clinical Activity Seen With Anti-BCMA CAR T-Cell Therapy in Heavily Pretreated Multiple Myeloma

A one-time infusion of an investigational chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy that targets a protein found on most multiple myeloma cells elicited an 86% overall response rate in 21 patients whose disease had come back or had not responded after a median of seven prior treatments,...

hematologic malignancies
leukemia
lymphoma
multiple myeloma

Watch for More From ASH 2017

Phase III ASPIRE Trial of Carfilzomib in Relapsed Multiple Myeloma Overall survival results from the phase III ASPIRE trial will be detailed for the first time in an oral presentation by Stewart et al on Monday, December 11. The addition of carfilzomib to lenalidomide and...

hematologic malignancies
lymphoma
multiple myeloma

CAR T-Cell Therapy Makes Further Inroads in Lymphoma and Myeloma

With the recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approvals of two chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell products, this novel approach seems to be moving into the mainstream. The approvals were tisagenlecleucel (also known as CTL019; Kymriah) for the treatment of pediatric B-cell acute...

hematologic malignancies
multiple myeloma

Evidence-Based Support for Triplet Therapies in Multiple Myeloma

Over the past 15 years, multiple myeloma has garnered among the highest number of regulatory approvals by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for the management of all phases of the disease. This fast-expanding repertoire of treatment options has pushed the median survival of multiple...

multiple myeloma

Tandem Autologous/Allogeneic HCT With Maintenance Therapy in High-Risk Myeloma

In a phase II study reported in Blood Advances, Green et al found that tandem autologous/allogeneic hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) followed by bortezomib (Velcade) maintenance produced good results in patients with newly diagnosed high-risk multiple myeloma. Poorer outcomes were observed...

genomics/genetics
solid tumors
lymphoma
multiple myeloma

Update on NCI-MATCH Precision Medicine Trial

THE NATIONAL CANCER INSTITUTE (NCI) Molecular Analysis for Therapy Choice (MATCH) clinical trial has achieved the goal of screening nearly 6,000 patients in just under 2 years, according to data presented at the 2017 American Association for Cancer Research–NCI–European Organisation for Research...

multiple myeloma

Management of Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma in Transplant-Eligible Patients

The treatment paradigm for multiple myeloma has changed dramatically in the past decade with the availability of several efficacious agents in various drug classes. At the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® (NCCN®) 13th Annual Congress: Hematologic Malignancies™, Shaji K. Kumar, MD, Professor...

multiple myeloma

ENDEAVOR Trial Endeavors to Make Case for Carfilzomib: Despite Survival Advantage, Should We Be Surprised?

LOCATION! LOCATION! LOCATION! That’s what home buyers are frequently cautioned about before purchasing a property. For trialists, and more importantly, practicing oncologists, a study’s design, akin to a property’s location, must be taken into account prior to buying into the results and changing ...

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