Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma: How Many Drugs Are Enough?

Presenter: Shaji K. Kumar

The treatment of multiple myeloma (MM) has evolved over the past decade, yet it remains a chronic disease. Several trials of 4-drug induction regimens have resulted in deepening of disease response. With the emergence of multidrug regimens, questions have arisen regarding the role of autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) in MM therapy and available treatment options after ASCT. Clinicians have also continued to improve the efficacy of maintenance therapies. In transplant-ineligible patients, the phases of treatment are less distinct; however, several regimens have demonstrated efficacy in this clinical setting. Future research should focus on individualizing treatment approaches.

Disclosures: Dr. Kumar has disclosed receiving grant/research support and serving as a scientific advisor for AbbVie, Inc., Amgen Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, GlaxoSmithKline, Janssen Pharmaceutica Products, LP, Karyopharm Therapeutics, Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Roche Laboratories, Inc., Sanofi-aventis US, and Takeda Pharmaceuticals North America, Inc; and receiving honoraria from Oncopeptides and BeiGene.

Correspondence: Shaji K. Kumar, MD, Division of Hematology, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center, 200 First Street SW, Rochester, MN 55905. Email: kumar.shaji@mayo.edu
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