Introduction of new myeloma therapies offers new options for patients refractory to immunomodulatory drugs (IMiDs) and proteasome inhibitors (PIs). In this multicenter study, patients with relapsed multiple myeloma, who have received at least three prior lines of therapy, are refractory to both an IMiD (lenalidomide or pomalidomide) and a PI (bortezomib or carfilzomib), and have been exposed to an alkylating agent were identified. The time patients met the above criteria was defined as time zero (T0). Five hundred and forty-three patients diagnosed between 2006 and 2014 were enrolled in this study. Median age at T0 was 62 years (range 31-87); 61% were males. The median duration between diagnosis and T0 […]
The International Myeloma Working Group consensus aimed to provide recommendations for the optimal use of 18fluorodeoxyglucose (18F-FDG) PET/CT in patients with multiple myeloma and other plasma cell disorders, including smouldering multiple myeloma and solitary plasmacytoma. 18F-FDG PET/CT can be considered a valuable tool for the work-up of patients with both newly diagnosed and relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma because it assesses bone damage with relatively high sensitivity and specificity, and detects extramedullary sites of proliferating clonal plasma cells while providing important prognostic information. The use of 18F-FDG PET/CT is mandatory to confirm a suspected diagnosis of solitary plasmacytoma, provided that whole-body MRI is unable to be performed, and to distinguish […]
Therapeutic advancements following the introduction of autologous stem cell transplantation and novel agents have significantly improved clinical outcomes for patients with multiple myeloma (MM). Increased life expectancy, however, has led to renewed concerns about the long-term risk of second primary malignancies (SPMs). This review outlines the most up-to-date knowledge of possible host-, disease-, and treatment-related risk factors for the development of SPMs in patients with MM, and provides practical recommendations to assist physicians. Authors: P. Musto K. C. Anderson M. Attal P. G. Richardson A. Badros J. Hou R. Comenzo J. Du B. G. M. Durie J. San Miguel H. Einsele W. M. Chen L. Garderet G. Pietrantuono J. Hillengass […]
The updated criteria for the diagnosis of myeloma represent a paradigm shift in the approach to myeloma and have considerable impact on the management of the disease. For decades the diagnosis of multiple myeloma required the presence of end-organ damage known as the CRAB criteria, including increased calcium level, renal dysfunction, anemia, and destructive bone lesions. The updated criteria allow for treatment of patients who are at such high risk of progression to symptomatic disease that it is clear they would benefit from therapy and also potentially live longer if they were treated before serious organ damage occurred. The revised IMWG criteria allow, in addition to the classic CRAB features, […]
The International Myeloma Working Group consensus updates the definition for high-risk (HR) multiple myeloma based on cytogenetics Several cytogenetic abnormalities such as t(4;14), del(17/17p), t(14;16), t(14;20), nonhyperdiploidy, and gain(1q) were identified that confer poor prognosis. The prognosis of patients showing these abnormalities may vary with the choice of therapy. Treatment strategies have shown promise for HR cytogenetic diseases, such as proteasome inhibition in combination with lenalidomide/pomalidomide, double autologous stem cell transplant plus bortezomib, or combination of immunotherapy with lenalidomide or pomalidomide. Careful analysis of cytogenetic subgroups in trials comparing different treatments remains an important goal. Cross-trial comparisons may provide insight into the effect of new drugs in patients with cytogenetic […]
Recommendations developed by the International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG), the research arm of the IMF, were published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology on March 14, 2016. The recommendations are based on data gathered through December 2015 and analyzed by Meletios A. Dimopoulos, MD, from the University of Athens in Greece, and colleagues.
The prognosis for patients multiple myeloma (MM) has improved substantially over the past decade with the development of new, more effective chemotherapeutic agents and regimens that possess a high level of anti-tumor activity. In spite of this important progress, however, nearly all MM patients ultimately relapse, even those who experience a complete response to initial therapy. Management of relapsed MM thus represents a vital aspect of the overall care for patients with MM and a critical area of ongoing scientific and clinical research. This comprehensive manuscript from the International Myeloma Working Group provides detailed recommendations on management of relapsed disease, with sections dedicated to diagnostic evaluation, determinants of therapy, and […]
Multiple myeloma (MM) is a plasma cell neoplasm with significant molecular heterogeneity. Gene expression profiling (GEP) has contributed significantly to our understanding of the underlying biology and has led to several prognostic gene signatures. However, the best way to apply these GEP signatures in clinical practice is unclear. In this study, we investigated the integration of proven prognostic signatures for improved patient risk stratification. Three publicly available MM GEP data sets that encompass newly diagnosed as well as relapsed patients were analyzed using standardized estimation of nine prognostic MM signature indices and simulations of signature index combinations. Cox regression analysis was used to assess the performance of simulated combination indices. Taking the average of multiple GEP signature indices was a simple but highly effective way of integrating multiple GEP signatures. Furthermore, although adding more signatures in general improved performance substantially, we identified a core signature combination, EMC92+HZDCD, as the top-performing prognostic signature combination across all data sets. In this study, we provided a rationale for gene signature integration and a practical strategy to choose an optimal risk score estimation in the presence of multiple prognostic signatures.
The updated criteria for the diagnosis of myeloma represent a paradigm shift in the approach to myeloma and have considerable impact on the management of the disease. For decades the diagnosis of multiple myeloma required the presence of end-organ damage known as the CRAB criteria, including increased calcium level, renal dysfunction, anemia, and destructive bone lesions. The updated criteria allow for treatment of patients who are at such high risk of progression to symptomatic disease that it is clear they would benefit from therapy—and also potentially live longer—if they were treated before serious organ damage occurred. The revised IMWG criteria allow, in addition to the classic CRAB features, three “myeloma defining […]
In contrast to the upfront setting in which the role of high-dose therapy with autologous hematopoietic cell transplantation (HCT) as consolidation of a first remission in patients with multiple myeloma (MM) is well established, the role of high-dose therapy with autologous or allogeneic HCT has not been extensively studied in MM patients relapsing after primary therapy. The International Myeloma Working Group together with the Blood and Marrow Transplant Clinical Trials Network, the American Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation, and the European Society of Blood and Marrow Transplantation convened a meeting of MM experts to: (1) summarize current knowledge regarding the role of autologous or allogeneic HCT in MM patients progressing after primary therapy, (2) propose guidelines for the use of salvage HCT in MM, (3) identify knowledge gaps, (4) propose a research agenda, and (5) develop a collaborative initiative to move the research agenda forward.