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Shaji K. Kumar

The most recent NCCN Guidelines for Multiple Myeloma include a ranking of the many treatment options for various settings as “preferred,” “other,” and “useful in certain circumstances.” For patients eligible for autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT), the preferred regimen remains bortezomib/lenalidomide/dexamethasone (category 1) or bortezomib/cyclophosphamide/dexamethasone. Upfront ASCT also remains a preferred strategy for patients who are transplant-eligible, despite highly effective newer agents such as induction therapy. Double (tandem) ASCT may benefit patients with high-risk cytogenetics, such as 17p deletion. Lenalidomide maintenance is the standard posttransplant approach and results in improved progression-free and overall survivals. For relapsed disease, a host of new agents have been shown to improve outcomes, mostly in combination with bortezomib or lenalidomide, but their selection depends largely on response and tolerability to prior therapies.

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Shaji K. Kumar

Multiple myeloma (MM) is a complex disease characterized by considerable genetic heterogeneity. The updated NCCN Guidelines for MM have added new “preferred” regimens for transplant and nontransplant candidates, and have moved some formerly “preferred” regimens to the “other” category. Supportive care has improved outcomes for patients, and new treatments in combination have extended survival for patients with MM. Novel agents on the horizon are poised to raise the bar even further.

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Presenter: Shaji K. Kumar

The treatment of multiple myeloma is marked by many recent advances, but for newly diagnosed patients the standard of care for induction remains the combination of a proteasome inhibitor, immunomodulatory drug, and dexamethasone. The role of a 4-drug induction regimen is still being defined, but can be considered for patients with high-risk disease. For patients who are eligible to undergo stem cell transplant, this approach remains the preferred option, but transplant can be delayed until relapse if patients prefer. In those who are not eligible for transplant, based on impressive data with daratumumab/lenalidomide/dexamethasone, this triplet should be considered as initial therapy. In patients with relapsed disease, it is important to switch treatment to new drug classes; for this, multiple combinations can be recommended. Updated guidelines now include new drugs for refractory disease: selinexor and belantamab mafodotin, both listed as “other regimens” in the NCCN Guidelines, can be considered.

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Presenter: Shaji K. Kumar

Although recent advances in the treatment of multiple myeloma have improved survival, it remains a chronic disease that requires a long-term treatment strategy. The key to achieving the best outcomes for patients is delivering the best “package” of treatment at a given stage. This means using optimal combinations that maximize benefit based on what patients have received previously and minimize treatment-related toxicity. Sequencing of regimens also plays an important role. As new agents and new classes of drugs continue to be approved for multiple myeloma, future strategies will use more individualized approaches to treatment.

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Shaji K. Kumar, Natalie S. Callander, Melissa Alsina, Djordje Atanackovic, J. Sybil Biermann, Jason C. Chandler, Caitlin Costello, Matthew Faiman, Henry C. Fung, Cristina Gasparetto, Kelly Godby, Craig Hofmeister, Leona Holmberg, Sarah Holstein, Carol Ann Huff, Adetola Kassim, Michaela Liedtke, Thomas Martin, James Omel, Noopur Raje, Frederic J. Reu, Seema Singhal, George Somlo, Keith Stockerl-Goldstein, Steven P. Treon, Donna Weber, Joachim Yahalom, Dorothy A. Shead, and Rashmi Kumar

Multiple myeloma (MM) is caused by the neoplastic proliferation of plasma cells. These neoplastic plasma cells proliferate and produce monoclonal immunoglobulin in the bone marrow causing skeletal damage, a hallmark of multiple myeloma. Other MM-related complications include hypercalcemia, renal insufficiency, anemia, and infections. The NCCN Multiple Myeloma Panel members have developed guidelines for the management of patients with various plasma cell dyscrasias, including solitary plasmacytoma, smoldering myeloma, multiple myeloma, systemic light chain amyloidosis, and Waldenström's macroglobulinemia. The recommendations specific to the diagnosis and treatment of patients with newly diagnosed MM are discussed in this article.

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Kenneth C. Anderson, Melissa Alsina, Djordje Atanackovic, J. Sybil Biermann, Jason C. Chandler, Caitlin Costello, Benjamin Djulbegovic, Henry C. Fung, Cristina Gasparetto, Kelly Godby, Craig Hofmeister, Leona Holmberg, Sarah Holstein, Carol Ann Huff, Adetola Kassim, Amrita Y. Krishnan, Shaji K. Kumar, Michaela Liedtke, Matthew Lunning, Noopur Raje, Seema Singhal, Clayton Smith, George Somlo, Keith Stockerl-Goldstein, Steven P. Treon, Donna Weber, Joachim Yahalom, Dorothy A. Shead, and Rashmi Kumar

Multiple myeloma (MM) is a malignant neoplasm of plasma cells that accumulate in bone marrow, leading to bone destruction and marrow failure. Recent statistics from the American Cancer Society indicate that the incidence of MM is increasing. The NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology (NCCN Guidelines) included in this issue address management of patients with solitary plasmacytoma and newly diagnosed MM.

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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.

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NCCN Guidelines Insights: Multiple Myeloma, Version 1.2020

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.

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Shaji K. Kumar, Natalie S. Callander, Melissa Alsina, Djordje Atanackovic, J. Sybil Biermann, Jorge Castillo, Jason C. Chandler, Caitlin Costello, Matthew Faiman, Henry C. Fung, Kelly Godby, Craig Hofmeister, Leona Holmberg, Sarah Holstein, Carol Ann Huff, Yubin Kang, Adetola Kassim, Michaela Liedtke, Ehsan Malek, Thomas Martin, Vishala T. Neppalli, James Omel, Noopur Raje, Seema Singhal, George Somlo, Keith Stockerl-Goldstein, Donna Weber, Joachim Yahalom, Rashmi Kumar, and Dorothy A. Shead

The NCCN Guidelines for Multiple Myeloma provide recommendations for diagnosis, evaluation, treatment, including supportive-care, and follow-up for patients with myeloma. These NCCN Guidelines Insights highlight the important updates/changes specific to the myeloma therapy options in the 2018 version of the NCCN Guidelines.

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Kenneth C. Anderson, Melissa Alsina, Djordje Atanackovic, J. Sybil Biermann, Jason C. Chandler, Caitlin Costello, Benjamin Djulbegovic, Henry C. Fung, Cristina Gasparetto, Kelly Godby, Craig Hofmeister, Leona Holmberg, Sarah Holstein, Carol Ann Huff, Adetola Kassim, Amrita Y. Krishnan, Shaji K. Kumar, Michaela Liedtke, Matthew Lunning, Noopur Raje, Frederic J. Reu, Seema Singhal, George Somlo, Keith Stockerl-Goldstein, Steven P. Treon, Donna Weber, Joachim Yahalom, Dorothy A. Shead, and Rashmi Kumar

These NCCN Guidelines Insights highlight the important updates/changes specific to the 2016 version of the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology for Multiple Myeloma. These changes include updated recommendations to the overall management of multiple myeloma from diagnosis and staging to new treatment options.