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A single dose of ciltacabtagene autoleucel (cilta-cel), an investigational B-cell maturation antigen–directed CAR T-cell therapy, resulted in early, deep, and durable responses in heavily pretreated patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma, according to updated results from the phase 1b/2 CARTITUDE-1 clinical trial. These findings were reported by Saad Zafar Usmani, MD, FACP, Director, Plasma Cell Disorder Program, and Director, Clinical Research in Hematologic Malignancies, Levine Cancer Institute, Charlotte, NC, at the American Society of Clinical Oncology 2021 virtual annual meeting. Read More ›

The following clinical trials represent a selection of key studies currently recruiting patients with multiple myeloma for inclusion in investigations of new therapies and new regimens of existing treatments for the disease. Each clinical trial description includes the NLM Identifier to be used as a reference with ClinicalTrials.gov. This information can help oncology practice managers and providers direct eligible patients to one of these clinical trials. Read More ›

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 35,000 new cases of multiple myeloma will be diagnosed in the United States in 2021, and approximately 12,410 deaths will be attributed to the disease. However, with the introduction of several novel therapies, the outcomes for patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma have improved significantly over the past decade. Read More ›

The year 2020 was an unprecedented year, bringing significant changes in the practice of medicine and knowledge sharing at scientific forums. National and international meetings, such as the European Hematological Association (EHA) and the American Society of Hematology (ASH), pivoted to facilitate the dissemination of information regarding cutting-edge research and treatment advances in a virtual format. Read More ›

According to data from the phase 2 FORTE trial, 3 different techniques were analyzed and compared to characterize minimal residual disease (MRD), including positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT), multiparameter flow cytometry (MFC), and next-generation sequencing (NGS). Read More ›

Recent studies have illustrated complete response (CR) rates >50% for transplant-eligible patients with multiple myeloma (MM) treated with optimized induction followed by high-dose therapy (HDT) and autologous stem-cell transplantation (ASCT). However, many patients relapse early. Patients who relapse are generally thought to have very low survival rates. Read More ›

Poor response on subsequent therapies is typically seen in patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM) who have had 3 prior lines of therapy with immunomodulatory drugs (IMiDs), proteasome inhibitors (PIs), and anti-CD38 monoclonal antibodies. In addition, challenges for future treatment options are presented. Read More ›

This multicenter, retrospective, real-world study (GEM-POMCIDEX) was initiated to evaluate the effectiveness of the guidelines established by the Spanish Myeloma Group (PETHEMA) to treat appropriate patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM) with pomalidomide, cyclophosphamide, and dexamethasone (POMCIDEX). Read More ›

Comparing consolidation treatment with bortezomib + lenalidomide + dexamethasone (VRD) followed by lenalidomide maintenance with lenalidomide maintenance alone, the former approach was superior regarding progression-free survival (PFS) and myeloma response in patients with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (MM) with an acceptable toxicity profile. Read More ›

The randomized FORTE trial showed that patients who were newly diagnosed with transplant-eligible multiple myeloma (MM) experienced significantly improved progression-free survival (PFS) with carfilzomib plus lenalidomide-dexamethasone (KRd) induction-ASCT-KRd consolidation versus either 12 KRd cycles or carfilzomib plus cyclophosphamide-dexamethasone (KCd) induction-ASCT-KCd consolidation. Read More ›

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