EHA 2021| Daratumumab plus lenalidomide and dexamethasone (D-Rd) shows overall survival benefit in elderly patients with transplant-ineligible newly diagnosed myeloma

   The phase 3 MAIA study evaluated D-Rd versus Rd in 737 patients who were ineligible for high-dose chemotherapy and autologous stem cell transplantation. The primary analysis of MAIA demonstrated a 44% reduction in the risk of disease progression or death after treatment with D-Rd compared with Rd alone. At a median follow-up of almost 5 years (56.2 months), we now report the pre-specified interim overall survival analysis of MAIA according to the results presented…

EHA 2021 | Daratumumab maintenance improves Progression-Free Survival (PFS) after autologous stem cell transplantation in myeloma

  The European Hematology Association’s annual congress (EHA 2021) is one of the most important haematology congresses in Europe and it is taking place from 9 to 17 June.    Results from Part 1 of the CASSIOPEIA phase-3 study compared the addition of daratumumab to bortezomib, thalidomide, and dexamethasone (D-VTd) induction/consolidation with VTd alone in transplant-eligible patients with newly diagnosed myeloma has been presented.

EHA 2021 | Patient preferences in myeloma, a qualitative multinational study in myeloma

   Today, Myeloma Patients Europe (MPE) and KU Leuven present findings from a study at the European Haematology Association 2021 congress (EHA 2021), which aimed to understand which characteristics of treatment myeloma patients find most important. This study illustrates that patients focus not only on treatment efficacy, but also value a reduction of myeloma-related symptoms and side effects. The study is part of a wider project, called PREFER, examining how to represent patients in drug…

European Commission approves the second indication of isatuximab for relapsed multiple myeloma

    The European Commission (EC) has approved isatuximab (Sarclisa®) in combination with carfilzomib and dexamethasone (Kd) for the treatment of adult patients with relapsed multiple myeloma who have received at least one prior therapy. This marks the second EC approval of isatuximab in combination with a standard of care regimen in less than 12 months.

Horizon2020 CARAMBA Myeloma Pipeline information sheet now available in five languages

  As part of the CARAMBA consortium, Myeloma Patients Europe (MPE) has developed an information sheet to explain the main goals and characteristics of the CARAMBA clinical trial investigating SLAMF7 chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy. This publication discusses some potential CAR-T side effects and considerations for patients and caregivers. This information sheet has been previously published on our website in English and is now available in four additional languages: French, Italian, Spanish and German.

The FDA approves the first anti-BCMA CAR-T Cell Therapy for myeloma, idecabtagene vicleucel (Abecma)

   CAR-T cell therapy is a promising therapy option under investigation for the treatment of myeloma.. Different products are being studied, many with preliminary results showing high rates of response. Up until now there have been no approved CAR-T products for myeloma, however, CAR-T is now a reality after the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved idecabtagene vicleucel (Abecma) as the first CAR-T cell therapy for treatment of relapsed/refractory myeloma.