The pace of therapeutic drug development in multiple myeloma has reached unprecedented levels, with five regulatory approvals for relapsed and/or refractory disease of either new drugs or new drug regimens in 2015, one already in 2016, and still others anticipated. This has provided a wide array of options to be considered by patients and their health care providers in the event of relapse after or progression on front-line therapy. Most of these agents are currently being evaluated in earlier patient populations, including as parts of induction, consolidation, and maintenance therapy approaches, where their benefits may be even greater. Moreover, additional randomized studies have been completed with our previous stable of novel agents that inform their use in these settings as well. In the current contribution to this CCR Focus on multiple myeloma, we will present an overview of some of the key recent data that have supported the addition of these new therapeutics to our armamentarium against multiple myeloma. Also, we will provide some guidelines about possible best practices in applying these regimens and attempt to extrapolate how they will be used as parts of our future standards of care. Clin Cancer Res; 22(22); 5443–52. ©2016 AACR.
See all articles in this CCR Focus section, “Multiple Myeloma: Multiplying Therapies.”
- Received April 4, 2016.
- Revision received September 20, 2016.
- Accepted September 21, 2016.
- ©2016 American Association for Cancer Research.