Nikhil C. Munshi, MD, director of Basic and Correlative Science, Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center, Kraft Family Chair, senior physician, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School, discusses ways to test for minimal residual disease (MRD) in multiple myeloma.
Data from several clinical trials support treatment with lenalidomide (Revlimid) plus low-dose dexamethasone in select patients with high-risk smoldering multiple myeloma to prevent disease progression and other promising combinations under investigation are showing curative potential.
The emergence of monoclonal antibodies, immunomodulatory agents, immunotoxins, bispecific T-cell engagers, and CAR T-cell therapies will redefine multiple myeloma treatment. However, these new approaches, by themselves, are not enough to achieve cure; they must be used in combination.
Jorge J. Castillo, MD, clinical director, Bing Center for Waldenström Macroglobulinemia, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, and associate professor of medicine, Harvard Medical School, highlights ongoing research with emerging treatment approaches in Waldenström macroglobulinemia.