Until recently, treatment for multiple myeloma was only initiated in symptomatic disease. Greater understanding of the underlying biology and the development of new biomarkers, however, has led to changes in diagnosis, and with the help of improved imaging techniques, clinicians are increasingly identifying patients with early myeloma who may benefit from treatment. One major development in diagnostic imaging is the replacement of radiography with CT. PET/CT imaging is also useful for treatment response assessment, because the disappearance of focal lesions is an important prognostic factor. Finally, the Revised International Staging System for multiple myeloma has incorporated additional prognostic markers of aggressive disease, and risk-adapted treatment has been shown to improve survival.
Presenter: Jens Hillengass
Muhamed Baljevic, Douglas W. Sborov, Ming Y. Lim, Jens Hillengass, Thomas Martin, Jorge J. Castillo, Michael B. Streiff, Shaji K. Kumar, and Natalie S. Callander
Venous thromboembolism (VTE) is a major complication in all patients with cancer. Compared with the general population, patients with multiple myeloma (MM) have a 9-fold increase in VTE risk, likely because of their malignancy, its treatments, and other additional patient-related factors. In MM, thromboembolism events tend to occur within 6 months of treatment initiation, regardless of treatment regimen; however, the use of immunomodulatory agents such as thalidomide or lenalidomide, especially in combination with dexamethasone or multiagent chemotherapy, is known to create a significant risk for VTE. Currently, official recommendations for VTE prophylaxis in MM outlined in various national guidelines or multidisciplinary society panels are based on expert opinion, because data from randomized controlled trials are scarce. Large studies which have mainly focused on the efficacy of thromboprophylaxis in patients with cancer at higher risk for VTE either had a very low representation of patients with MM, or excluded them all together, limiting our ability to draw evidence-based conclusions on how to effectively protect MM population from VTE. In this brief perspective, we highlight some of the greatest challenges that have hampered the field concerning the availability of high-quality clinical trial data for the formulation of best VTE prophylaxis strategies in patients with newly diagnosed MM, as well as the rationale for the latest updates in the NCCN Guidelines on this topic.
Featured Updates to the NCCN Guidelines
Shaji K. Kumar, Natalie S. Callander, Jens Hillengass, Michaela Liedtke, Muhamed Baljevic, Erica Campagnaro, Jorge J. Castillo, Jason C. Chandler, Robert F. Cornell, Caitlin Costello, Yvonne Efebera, Matthew Faiman, Alfred Garfall, Kelly Godby, Leona Holmberg, Myo Htut, Carol Ann Huff, Yubin Kang, Ola Landgren, Ehsan Malek, Thomas Martin, James Omel, Noopur Raje, Douglas Sborov, Seema Singhal, Keith Stockerl-Goldstein, Carlyn Tan, Donna Weber, Alyse Johnson-Chilla, Jennifer Keller, and Rashmi Kumar
The NCCN Guidelines for Multiple Myeloma provide recommendations for diagnosis, workup, treatment, follow-up, and supportive care for patients with monoclonal gammopathy of renal significance, solitary plasmacytoma, smoldering myeloma, and multiple myeloma. These NCCN Guidelines Insights highlight some of the important updates and changes in the 1.2020 version of the NCCN Guidelines for Multiple Myeloma.
Shaji K. Kumar, Natalie S. Callander, Kehinde Adekola, Larry Anderson, Muhamed Baljevic, Erica Campagnaro, Jorge J. Castillo, Jason C. Chandler, Caitlin Costello, Yvonne Efebera, Matthew Faiman, Alfred Garfall, Kelly Godby, Jens Hillengass, Leona Holmberg, Myo Htut, Carol Ann Huff, Yubin Kang, Malin Hultcrantz, Sarah Larson, Michaela Liedtke, Thomas Martin, James Omel, Kenneth Shain, Douglas Sborov, Keith Stockerl-Goldstein, Donna Weber, Jennifer Keller, and Rashmi Kumar
Multiple myeloma is a malignant neoplasm of plasma cells that accumulate in bone marrow, leading to bone destruction and marrow failure. This manuscript discusses the management of patients with solitary plasmacytoma, smoldering multiple myeloma, and newly diagnosed multiple myeloma.
Featured Updates to the NCCN Guidelines
Natalie S. Callander, Muhamed Baljevic, Kehinde Adekola, Larry D. Anderson Jr, Erica Campagnaro, Jorge J. Castillo, Caitlin Costello, Srinivas Devarakonda, Noura Elsedawy, Matthew Faiman, Alfred Garfall, Kelly Godby, Jens Hillengass, Leona Holmberg, Myo Htut, Carol Ann Huff, Malin Hultcrantz, Yubin Kang, Sarah Larson, Michaela Liedtke, Thomas Martin, James Omel, Douglas Sborov, Kenneth Shain, Keith Stockerl-Goldstein, Donna Weber, Ryan A. Berardi, Rashmi Kumar, and Shaji K. Kumar
The NCCN Guidelines for Multiple Myeloma provide recommendations for diagnosis, initial workup, treatment, follow-up, and supportive care for patients with various plasma cell neoplasms, including multiple myeloma. These NCCN Guidelines Insights highlight some of the important updates/changes specific to the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma in the 2022 version of the guidelines.