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Biomarkers and patient eligibility for CAR T-cell therapies in MM

Jul 21, 2023
Learning objective: After reading this article, learners will be able to cite a new clinical development in multiple myeloma.

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During the European Hematology Association (EHA) 2023 Hybrid Congress, the Lymphoma Hub and Multiple Myeloma Hub held a joint satellite session on the ins and outs of CAR T-cells in the real world.

Here the Multiple Myeloma Hub is pleased to share the presentation by Shaji Kumar, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, US, on biomarkers and eligibility for CAR T-cell therapies in multiple myeloma.

In this presentation, Shaji Kumar shares the currently approved CAR T-cell products for MM, discussing their up-to-date clinical data (Figure 1). He also shares the limitations and logistical challenges facing the implementation CAR T-cell therapy, as well as the current eligibility criteria for its use (Figure 2).

Figure 1. Efficacy and safety data for KarMMa and CARITITUDE-1*

AE, adverse event; CR, complete response; CRS, cytokine release syndrome; DoR, duration of response; ICANS, mmune effector cell-associated neurotoxicity syndrome; MRD, minimal residual disease; NR, not reached; ORR, overall response rate; PD, progressive disease; PFS, progression-free survival; OS, overall survival; VGPR, very good partial response.
*Adapted Chekol Abebe, et al.,1 Martin T, et al.,2 and Munshi, et al.3


Figure 2. Eligibility criteria for the use of CAR T-cell products* 

CAR, chimeric antigen receptor; ECOG PS, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Performance Status; SCT, stem cell transplant.
*Adapted from Dave, et al.4

Watch or download the presentation to learn more about:

  • The myeloma treatment paradigm
  • The currently approved CAR T-cell products in multiple myeloma, including their up-to-date safety and efficacy data
  • The impact of prior treatment with BCMA therapy on clinical outcomes with CAR T-cell therapy
  • The challenges and logistics when considering CAR-T cell therapy
  • The limitations of CAR T-cell products
  • Eligibility criteria for CAR T-cell therapy

Key points

  • Currently, there are no individual biomarkers to definitively determine eligibility for treatment with CAR T-cell therapy.
  • Idecabtagene vicleucel and ciltacabtagene autoleucel are approved for use in triple class exposed RRMM; however, these patients
    • are more likely to be of an advanced age and possess other comorbidities that may result in increased toxicity;
    • are more likely to have been exposed to a BCMA-targeted therapy, which has been found to result in lower response rates;
    • have typically faster rates of disease progression, meaning that CAR T-cells may not be produced in time; and
    • have a high tumor burden and therefore increased risk of cytokine release syndrome and immune effector cell-associated neurotoxicity syndrome.
  • Research is currently on the feasibility of CAR T-cell therapy in earlier lines of therapy is ongoing.
  • Limited access to therapies as well as the costs associated with treatment are logistical factors when considering CAR T-cell therapy.

Session slides

To download the slides presented, click here.

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This activity was supported through an educational grant from Bristol Myers Squibb.

  1. Chekol Abebe E, Shiferaw MY, Admasu FT, et al. Ciltacabtagene autoleucel: The second anti-BCMA CAR T-cell therapeutic armamentarium of relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma. Front Immunol. 2022;13:991092. DOI: 3389/fimmu.2022.991092
  2. Martin T, Usmani S, Berdeja J, et al. Ciltacabtagene autoleucel, an anti-B-cell maturation antigen chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy, for relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma: CARTITUDE-1 2-year follow-up. J Clin Oncol. 2023;41(6):1265-1274. DOI: 1200/JCO.22.00842
  3. Munshi N. CARTITUDE-1 final results: phase 1b/2 study of ciltacabtagene autoleucel in heavily pretreated patients with relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma. Oral abstract #S202. European Hematology Association 2023 Hybrid Congress. June 11, 2023; Frankfurt, DE.
  4. Dave H, Jerkins L, Hanley P, et al. Driving the CAR to the Bone Marrow Transplant Program. Curr Hematol Malig Rep. 2019;14(6):561-569.DOI: 1007/s11899-019-00544-6.


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