Multiple Myeloma Treatment Paradigm Improved Markedly In Recent Years

October 13, 2020

Kenneth C. Anderson, MD, discusses how he has seen the treatment paradigm transform over the last decade in multiple myeloma.

Kenneth C. Anderson, MD, Kraft Family Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School and program director of Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center and LeBow Institute for Myeloma Therapeutics at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, discusses how he has seen the treatment paradigm transform over the last decade in multiple myeloma.

Some of these new agents that have become available for the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma include immunomodulatory drugs, proteasome inhibitors, monoclonal antibodies, among other novel therapies. These agents are often used in combination, in triplet regimens, and now quadruplets, Anderson says.

The outlook for patients with multiple myeloma has markedly improved, and many patients now have multiple myeloma as a chronic illness as a consequence to these new advances in treatment. There are about 27 therapies that have received approval from the FDA over the last 10 to 15 years, Anderson says. With these treatments, patients have better outcomes due to all the progress in the field.