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Multiple Myeloma

Lenalidomide-Exposed Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma: BPd vs PVd

As reported at the 2024 ASCO Annual Meeting (Abstract LBA105) and in The New England Journal of Medicine by Meletios Dimopoulos, MD, and colleagues, an interim analysis from the phase III DREAMM-8 trial has shown significantly improved progression-free survival with belantamab mafodotin-blmf,...

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Newly Diagnosed Patients With Multiple Myeloma Ineligible for Transplant: Addition of Isatuximab to VRd

As reported at the 2024 ASCO Annual Meeting (Abstract 7500) and in The New England Journal of Medicine by Thierry Facon, MD, and colleagues, interim analysis of the phase III IMROZ trial showed significantly improved progression-free survival with the addition of isatuximab to bortezomib,...

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Claudio Cerchione, MD, PhD, on Staging Multiple Myeloma: New Findings on FDG PET/CT Scans and Whole-Body MRI

Claudio Cerchione, MD, PhD, of Italy’s Istituto Scientifico Romagnolo per lo Studio e la Cura dei Tumori, discusses preliminary findings from a prospective trial suggesting that by adding whole-body MRI to fludeoxyglucose-18 (FDG) PET/CT scans, clinicians may detect bone lesions earlier and more accurately in patients with either newly diagnosed or relapsed multiple myeloma, thus translating into potentially better outcomes (Abstract 7512).

Multiple Myeloma

Multiple Myeloma Survivor and Advocate Shares 12-Step Program: How Not to Die of Cancer

Facing mortality can be a paralyzing experience for some people, but for others, it may ignite a passion to accelerate life. One such person is Kathy Giusti, cofounder of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), where she served as Chief Executive Officer and President for nearly 20 years....

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Paula Rodríguez-Otero, MD, PhD, and Amrita Y. Krishnan, MD, on Multiple Myeloma: Moving BCMA-Directed Therapies to Earlier Use

Paula Rodríguez-Otero, MD, PhD, of Spain’s Cancer Center Clínica Universidad de Navarra, and Amrita Y. Krishnan, MD, of the City of Hope Cancer Center, discuss two key studies on B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA)-directed therapies: CARTITUDE-4 on ciltacabtagene autoleucel in patients with functional high-risk multiple myeloma; and DREAMM-7 on belantamab mafodotin-blmf plus bortezomib and dexamethasone vs daratumumab, bortezomib, and dexamethasone in patients with relapsed or refractory disease.

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Amrita Y. Krishnan, MD, and Paula Rodríguez-Otero, MD, PhD, on Multiple Myeloma: Findings From the PERSEUS Trial on a Regimen for Transplant-Eligible Patients

Amrita Y. Krishnan, MD, of the City of Hope Cancer Center, and Paula Rodríguez-Otero, MD, PhD, of Spain’s Cancer Center Clínica Universidad de Navarra, discuss data that appear to further support daratumumab plus bortezomib, lenalidomide, and dexamethasone as a new standard of care for transplant-eligible patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (Abstract 7502).

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Thierry Facon, MD, on Multiple Myeloma: Results From the IMROZ Study on Isatuximab, Bortezomib, Lenalidomide, and Dexamethasone

Thierry Facon, MD, of the University of Lille and Lille University Hospital, discusses phase III findings showing for the first time that isatuximab, an anti-CD38 monoclonal antibody, when given with the standard of care (bortezomib, lenalidomide, dexamethasone, or VRd) to patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma who are transplant-ineligible, may reduce the risk of disease progression or death by 40.4% vs VRd alone (Abstract 7500).

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Luciano J. Costa, MD, PhD, on Multiple Myeloma: Subgroup Analysis of CARTITUDE-4 on Ciltacabtagene Autoleucel

Luciano J. Costa, MD, PhD, of the University of Alabama at Birmingham, discusses recent findings from the CARTITUDE-4 trial showing that, in patients with lenalidomide-refractory functional high-risk multiple myeloma after one prior line of treatment, ciltacabtagene autoleucel improved outcomes vs the standard of care (Abstract 7504).

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Suzanne Trudel, MD, on Multiple Myeloma: Results From the DREAMM-8 Study of Treatments After Relapse

Suzanne Trudel, MD, of Canada’s Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, discusses phase III findings showing that, in patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma who had one or more prior lines of treatment, belantamab mafodotin-blmf plus pomalidomide and dexamethasone improved progression-free survival and showed a favorable overall survival trend compared with pomalidomide plus bortezomib and dexamethasone.

Multiple Myeloma

Adding Belantamab Mafodotin to Doublet May Slow Disease Progression or Death in Relapsed or Refractory Myeloma

According to results from the phase III DREAMM-8 trial, adding belantamab mafodotin-blmf to pomalidomide and dexamethasone for the treatment of relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma was more effective at slowing disease progression or death compared to the current standard-of-care triplet,...

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Xavier P. Leleu, MD, PhD, on Multiple Myeloma: Update on Isatuximab, Lenalidomide, Dexamethasone, and Bortezomib

Xavier P. Leleu, MD, PhD, of France’s Université de Poitiers and Centre Hospitalier Universitaire de Poitiers, discusses phase III findings showing that isatuximab in combination with bortezomib, lenalidomide, and dexamethasone deepened responses and increased the rate of measurable residual disease negativity vs isatuximab with lenalidomide and dexamethasone in patients with newly diagnosed transplant-ineligible multiple myeloma (Abstract 7501).

Multiple Myeloma

Linvoseltamab Achieves High Response Rates in Relapsed or Refractory Myeloma

The investigational bispecific antibody linvoseltamab (targeting B-cell maturation antigen [BCMA] and CD3) achieved high response rates with acceptable safety in heavily pretreated patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma, according to results of the phase I/II LINKER-MM1 study...

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NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology: 2024 Updates

The National Comprehensive Cancer Network® published its first set of Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines®) in 1996, covering eight tumor types. Currently, guidelines are available for more than 60 tumor types, subtypes, and related topics. The NCCN’s 29th Annual Conference...

Multiple Myeloma

Multiple Myeloma: Is MRD Status at 1 Year After Treatment Predictive of Survival?

Results from the Prognostic Immunophenotyping in Myeloma Response (PRIMeR) study, reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology by Marcelo C. Pasquini, MD, MS, and colleagues, found that undetectable measurable residual disease (MRD) status at 1 year after autologous hematopoietic cell...

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Issues in Oncology

Barriers to Autologous Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation in Multiple Myeloma

Investigators have uncovered persistent racial and social disparities that may impede access to autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation for some patients with multiple myeloma, according to a recent study published by Esteghamat et al in Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma & Leukemia. Background...

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Natalie S. Callander, MD, on Multiple Myeloma: Management Updates

Natalie S. Callander, MD, of the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center, discusses advances in the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma, including her commentary on smoldering disease, the early use of CAR T-cell therapy, quadruplet therapy, and the use of multiple lines of treatment over the disease course.

Multiple Myeloma

Ciltacabtagene Autoleucel and Idecabtagene Vicleucel Approved by the FDA for Pretreated Patients With Multiple Myeloma

On April 5, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved ciltacabtagene autoleucel (Carvykti) for the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma who have received at least one prior line of therapy, including a proteasome inhibitor and an immunomodulatory agent, and...

Multiple Myeloma
Issues in Oncology

Novel Drug Combination in Multiple Myeloma

Researchers have found that venetoclax in combination with azacitidine may be effective at treating patients with multiple myeloma, according to a recent study published by Flanagan et al in Haematologica.  Background Despite recent advances in the treatment of multiple myeloma, the disease remains ...

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Kathy Giusti’s Experience With Stem Cell Transplant for Multiple Myeloma

In Kathy Giusti’s empowering and deeply personal book Fatal to Fearless: 12 Steps to Beating Cancer in a Broken Medical System (HarperCollins, 2024), she details the shock of being diagnosed with multiple myeloma, in 1996, at the age of 37. Told she had 3 years to live, the book recounts how Ms....

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Multiple Myeloma

From Fatal to Fearless: How Patients Can Take Control of Their Disease and Fear Cancer Less

In 1996, at the age of 37, Kathy Giusti was diagnosed with the incurable blood cancer multiple myeloma and told she had about 3 years to live. In the mid-1990s, effective therapies for this second most common blood cancer were nearly nonexistent. Standard of care for myeloma consisted of oral...

Multiple Myeloma

Benefit of Belantamab Mafodotin–Based Regimen Supported in Multiple Myeloma

Positive results with the use of belantamab mafodotin-blmf in the phase III DREAMM-7 study were presented during the ASCO Plenary Series: February 2024.1 In relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma, DREAMM-7 evaluated the use of the regimen belantamab mafodotin, bortezomib, and dexamethasone (BVd)...

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Immunotherapy

Advanced Multiple Myeloma: Prediction Model for Outcomes After BCMA-Directed CAR T-Cell Therapy

As reported in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Gagelmann et al have developed a predictive model (Myeloma CAR-T Relapse [MyCARe] model) for outcomes after B-cell maturation antigen (BCMA)-directed chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy in patients with relapsed or refractory multiple...

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Immunotherapy

Ciltacabtagene Autoleucel in Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma

The chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy ciltacabtagene autoleucel may offer benefit in patients with multiple myeloma who experienced disease progression or relapse following initial therapy, according to new findings presented by Hillengass et al at the 2024 Tandem Meetings:...

Multiple Myeloma

Understanding Risk Stratification in Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance

About 4 years ago, I [Jo Cavallo] wrote about the death of my brother Dom from multiple myeloma in 2011 and my subsequent enrollment in the PROMISE trial (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT03689595). My goal for enrolling in the study was twofold: to honor Dom and others with the cancer and to make ...

Multiple Myeloma

FDA Approves Biweekly Teclistamab Dosing Regimen for Patients With Multiple Myeloma

On February 20, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the supplemental biologics license application for teclistamab-cqyv (Tecvayli) for a reduced dosing frequency of 1.5 mg/kg every 2 weeks in patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma who have achieved and maintained a...

Multiple Myeloma

Expert Point of View: Cynthia E. Dunbar, MD

In a press briefing at the 2023 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition, Cynthia E. Dunbar, MD, ASH Secretary and Chief of the Translational Stem Cell Biology Branch, Intramural Research Program of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, offered her thoughts on...

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Real-World Experience Mirrors PERSEUS Findings

At the 2023 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition, researchers from Emory University presented a real-world comparison of the largest cohort of patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma consecutively treated with either bortezomib, lenalidomide, and dexamethasone ...

Multiple Myeloma

Expert Point of View: Ajay K. Nooka, MD, MPH, and Dan Vogl, MD, MSCE

Ajay K. Nooka, MD, MPH, Professor in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Emory University, and Dan Vogl, MD, MSCE, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, shared their thoughts on the PERSEUS trial for The ASCO Post. Dr. Nooka noted that ...

Multiple Myeloma

Addition of Isatuximab to Carfilzomib-Based Regimen Doubles MRD Negativity Rates in Multiple Myeloma

In the phase III IsKia trial in newly diagnosed multiple myeloma, therapy incorporating the CD38-directed monoclonal antibody isatuximab-irfc with a carfilzomib-based regimen led to high rates of minimal residual disease (MRD) negativity at postconsolidation cutoffs, as reported at the 2023...

Multiple Myeloma

Canadian Study Shows Myeloma Outcomes in the Real World May Be Worse Than Clinical Trials Suggest

Patients with multiple myeloma treated in the “real world” had worse outcomes than patients who received the same treatment on clinical trials, according to research presented at the 2023 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition.1 In a pooled analysis of clinical trial...

Multiple Myeloma

PERSEUS: Daratumumab Regimen Significantly Improves Progression-Free Survival in Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma

The addition of the CD38 monoclonal antibody daratumumab to a standard regimen for patients with newly diagnosed transplant-­eligible multiple myeloma significantly prolonged progression-free survival vs standard treatment in the phase III PERSEUS trial. The study was reported as a late-breaking...

Multiple Myeloma
Immunotherapy

STAb T-Cell–Based Immunotherapy in Multiple Myeloma

A novel immunotherapy based on STAb T cells may be more effective at treating multiple myeloma than chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T-cell therapy, according to a recent study published by Díez-Alonso et al in Science Translational Medicine. Background Multiple myeloma is the second most common...

Multiple Myeloma
Issues in Oncology

Ephrin B2 Identified as Potential Therapeutic Target to Inhibit Multiple Myeloma Growth

Researchers have discovered that the ephrin B2 protein may drive the growth and development of multiple myeloma and uncovered that blocking part of the protein’s unique signaling pathway may inhibit progression of the disease, according to a recent study published by Sasine et al in Cancer...

Multiple Myeloma

DREAMM-7 Confirms Benefit of Triplet Regimen in Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma

Positive results were reported for belantamab mafodotin-blmf plus bortezomib and dexamethasone in patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma, according to data from the phase III DREAMM-7 study presented at the ASCO Plenary Series: February 2024 Session (Abstract 439572). DREAMM-7...

Multiple Myeloma

Expert Point of View: Cynthia E. Dunbar, MD

In a press briefing at the 2023 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition, Cynthia E. Dunbar, MD, ASH Secretary and Chief of the Translational Stem Cell Biology Branch, Intramural Research Program of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, offered her thoughts on...

Multiple Myeloma

Canadian Study Shows Myeloma Outcomes in the Real World May Be Worse Than Clinical Trials Suggest

Patients with multiple myeloma treated in the “real world” had worse outcomes than patients who received the same treatment on clinical trials, according to research presented at the 2023 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition.1 In a pooled analysis of clinical trial...

Multiple Myeloma

Expert Point of View: Ajay K. Nooka, MD, MPH, and Dan Vogl, MD, MSCE

Ajay K. Nooka, MD, MPH, Professor in the Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology at Emory University, and Dan Vogl, MD, MSCE, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, shared their thoughts on the PERSEUS trial for The ASCO Post. Dr. Nooka noted that ...

Multiple Myeloma

Real-World Experience Mirrors PERSEUS Findings

At the 2023 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition, researchers from Emory University presented a real-world comparison of the largest cohort of patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma consecutively treated with either bortezomib, lenalidomide, and dexamethasone ...

Multiple Myeloma

PERSEUS: Daratumumab Regimen Significantly Improves Progression-Free Survival in Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma

The addition of the CD38 monoclonal antibody daratumumab to a standard regimen for patients with newly diagnosed transplant-­eligible multiple myeloma significantly prolonged progression-free survival vs standard treatment in the phase III PERSEUS trial. The study was reported as a late-breaking...

Multiple Myeloma

The High Cost of Oral Agents for Relapsed and Refractory Multiple Myeloma

Late in 2023, Richardson et al shared the results of a phase I/II clinical trial (ClinicalTrials.gov identifier NCT03374085). They concluded that the “all-oral combination of mezigdomide plus dexamethasone showed promising efficacy in patients with heavily pretreated multiple myeloma.”1 Mezigdomide ...

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Obesity and a Precursor of Multiple Myeloma

Patients with obesity may be more likely to have monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance, according to a recent study published by Lee et al in Blood Advances. Background Monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance—a benign hematologic condition characterized by an abnormal...

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Supportive Care

Novel Risk Model May Personalize Prognosis Prediction in Patients With Multiple Myeloma

Researchers have developed a novel computational model for personalized prognosis prediction in patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma, according to a new study published by Maura et al in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Their model for individualized risk in multiple myeloma, or IRMMa,...

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Supportive Care

Minimizing the Severe Side Effects of Immunotherapy in Patients With Multiple Myeloma

Investigators have found that providing prophylactic treatment with the biological agent tocilizumab prior to immunotherapy may reduce the incidence of cytokine-release syndrome in patients with multiple myeloma, according to a study published by Kowalski et al in Blood Cancer Discovery. ...

Multiple Myeloma

I Don’t Want Cancer to Define Me

Except for a series of unexplained multiple broken bones and inexplicable excruciating pain in my right hip and leg, I had no other hallmarks of multiple myeloma when I was diagnosed with the disease at age 48 in 2014. My blood test values were all normal, and I didn’t have anemia or kidney damage. ...

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Darren Denjay Pan, MD, on Multiple Myeloma: Inflammatory Biomarkers and Outcomes After CAR T-Cell Therapy

Darren Denjay Pan, MD, of Tisch Cancer Institute and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, discusses his findings on risk assessment of CAR T-cell therapy for patients with multiple myeloma. Higher fibrinogen and ferritin values at baseline were associated with inferior overall survival after CAR T-cell therapy, even after controlling for tumor burden. Higher baseline absolute lymphocyte count was also associated with higher risk and grade of immune effector cell–associated neurotoxicity syndrome, an important toxicity to consider for patients receiving CAR T (Abstract 92).

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Pieter Sonneveld, MD, PhD, on Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma: Phase III Findings on Daratumumab Plus Bortezomib, Lenalidomide, and Dexamethasone

Pieter Sonneveld, MD, PhD, of the Netherland’s Erasmus MC Cancer Institute, discusses primary results from the Perseus trial, showing that for patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma who are eligible for transplantation, the combination of daratumumab plus bortezomib, lenalidomide, and dexamethasone, followed by daratumumab and lenalidomide maintenance, may be a new standard of care (Abstract LBA1).

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Immunotherapy
Issues in Oncology

Use of Elranatamab for Black Patients With Multiple Myeloma

Elranatamab may be safe and effective in Black patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma, according to new findings presented by Varshavsky-Yanovsky et al at the 2023 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting & Exposition (Abstract 3333). Background Elranatamab—an...

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Danai Dima, MD, on Multiple Myeloma: Update on Safety and Efficacy of Teclistamab

Danai Dima, MD, of the Taussig Cancer Institute, Cleveland Clinic, discusses teclistamab-cqyv, a B-cell maturation antigen approved in October 2022 for patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma who have received at least four prior lines of therapy. Dr. Dima and her team evaluated the real-world safety and efficacy of this agent and found encouraging evidence of efficacy in a real-world setting (Abstract 91).

Multiple Myeloma

Daratumumab Plus VRd Outperforms VRd Alone for Multiple Myeloma

Newly diagnosed patients with multiple myeloma who received daratumumab along with the standard care regimen of bortezomib, lenalidomide, and dexamethasone (VRd) had significantly higher rates of survival without disease progression compared with those who received VRd alone. Results from the phase ...

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Issues in Oncology

Patients With Multiple Myeloma May Experience Poorer Outcomes in the Real World Compared With Reported Outcomes From Clinical Trials

Researchers identified a 75% higher rate of mortality among patients treated for multiple myeloma in real-world hospital settings compared with rates reported in clinical trials involving common therapies. The new findings were presented by Visram et al at the 2023 American Society of Hematology...

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