Integrating the Latest Therapeutic Advances to Optimize Patient Outcomes in Multiple Myeloma: A Closer Look at the Role of Emerging Therapies and MRD

A continuing medical education activity sponsored by NAMCP and AAMCN.

This activity is an archive from the live session from the 2019 Fall Managed Care Forum. If you participated in the live session, you are not eligible for continuing education credits from this archive.

This activity is valid from January 1, 2020 to January 1, 2021

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Audience: This activity is intended for healthcare professionals practicing in managed care environments.

This presentation is supported by educational grants from
Adaptive Biotechnologies and Sanofi Genzyme

Multiple myeloma (MM) is a systemic malignancy of plasma cells that is highly treatable but rarely curable. The stage of the disease at presentation is a strong determinant of survival and treatment selection is influenced by the age and general health of the patient, prior therapy, and the presence of complications of the disease. Despite treatment advances in the last several years, MM remains a disease with poor long-term survival as it is currently incurable and all patients will eventually relapse. Fortunately for patients with MM, there are several novel options currently undergoing late stage clinical trials or regulatory review that have shown great promise in their ability to improve clinical outcomes, achieving a minimal residual disease (MRD)-negative response. MRD has emerged as a vital marker for measuring recurrence and improved response rates in numerous hematological malignancies. MRD-based quantification of remaining diseased cells after treatment has been completed, has in recent years been incorporated into many phase three clinical trials across hematologic malignancies as an endpoint for regulatory approval. With the evolving clinical data pool surrounding the quantification of MRD in MM, healthcare professionals who manage patients with hematologic malignancies and managed care professionals who will review approve these options and tests for insurance coverage require targeted education to ensure a thorough understanding of the benefits of setting MRD negativity as a trial endpoint and treatment goal.

Upon completion of this activity, participants will be able to:

  • Analyze recent clinical data on the efficacy and safety of traditional, new, and next-generation therapeutics for patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma

  • Assess the role of emerging anti-CD38 monoclonal antibodies in the relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma treatment paradigm

  • Describe the advantages and limitations of measuring minimal residual disease (MRD)

  • Explore strategies for sequencing treatment for patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma using novel agents

  • Examine the managed care considerations of emerging therapies and MRD-monitoring tests by exploring where these potential agents may fit into current the relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma management paradigm

  • Identify adverse events associated with emerging therapies in relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma, and select appropriate strategies to help ensure patient treatment adherence and optimal quality of life

Faculty: Ajay Nooka, MD, MPH, FACP
Associate Professor
Division of Bone Marrow Transplant
Winship Cancer Institute
Emory University


Dr. Nooka serves on an advisory board for Amgen, BMS, Celgene, GSK, Janssen, Takeda, Spectrum, and Oncopeptides. He has received grant/research support from Amgen, BMS, Celgene, GSK, Janssen, and Takeda. His presentation has been reviewed for any bias.
  Planning Committee:
Bill Williams, MD has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Jeremy Williams has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Will Williams has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.
Jacqueline Cole, RN, MS, CMCN has no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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Nurses who complete this activity and achieve a passing score will receive 1 hour in continuing
nursing credit.

This activity has been approved by the American Board of Managed Care Nursing for 1.0 contact hour toward CMCN recertification requirements.

This presentation is supported by educational grants from
Adaptive Biotechnologies and Sanofi Genzyme

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