The combination of panobinostat, dexamethasone, and subcutaneous (SC) bortezomib shows promising responses in patients with relapsed or relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM), according to the phase II PANORAMA 3* study. Furthermore, SC bortezomib may be preferable to the intravenous (IV) option for reducing toxicity.
Subcutaneous (SC) daratumumab in combination with pomalidomide and dexamethasone (Pd) improves progression-free survival (PFS) and achieves deeper responses vs Pd alone in patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma (R/R MM), results of the phase III APOLLO trial have shown.
Venetoclax in combination with bortezomib and dexamethasone significantly improved progression-free survival (PFS) and response rates in the BELLINI trial in patients with relapsed/refractory (R/R) multiple myeloma (MM), with even greater benefits seen in patients with t(11;14) translocation or high BCL2 gene expression.
The combination therapy comprising carfilzomib, cyclophosphamide and dexamethasone (KCd) is effective, with a tolerable safety profile, in an Asian cohort with high-risk multiple myeloma (MM) — thus providing a more economical alternative as a potential upfront regimen in resource-limited settings, according to leading experts during a myeloma education webinar.
Denosumab bests zoledronic acid at preventing skeletal-related events in vulnerable cancer patients, according to the results of a meta-analysis. The former also shows a better tolerability profile despite being associated with potential yet manageable adverse events.
Comprehensive recommendations on coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) for cancer patients have become available following review of guidelines from 63 national/international oncology societies. [Lancet Oncol 2020, doi: 10.1016/S1470-2045(20)30278-3]
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Once-weekly treatment with carfilzomib at the higher 70-mg/m2 dose appears to improve survival in patients with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma (RRMM) compared with the twice-weekly 27-mg/m2 dosing regimen, regardless of patient and disease characteristics, according to data from the phase III ARROW study.
Liquid biopsy may facilitate detection and serial monitoring of multidrug resistance (MDR) in multiple myeloma by analysing multiparticles (MPs) in blood samples of patients, with a recent study showing that MDR markers are found on MPs of stem-cell-like origin.
Combining the anti-PD-1 antibody sintilimab and a bevacizumab biosimilar significantly improves survival compared with the standard treatment of sorafenib in the first-line setting for patients with advanced, unresectable hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC), according to the ORIENT-32 study presented at ESMO Asia 2020.
Cancer patients at are an increased risk of severe coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and should be positioned at high priority for vaccination against severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2) regardless of age, according to statements issued by the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO).