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Real-world patient cases: CAR T-cell therapy

Jul 24, 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 a real-world patient case as presented by Doris Hansen, Moffitt Cancer Center, Tampa, US.

Real-world patient cases: CAR T-cell therapy

Here, Hansen discusses a case study of a 78-year-old caucasian male with multiple comorbidities and prior exposure to a BCMA-directed agent (Figure 1), they were treated with idecabtagene vicleucel (ide-cel). Hansen uses the case study to examine real-world safety and efficacy data for both ide-cel (Figure 2) and ciltacabtagene autoleucel (cilta-cel), making comparisons with clinical trial data from KarMMa and CARTITUDE-1.1

Figure 1. Patient case study outline* 

BCMA, B-cell maturation antigen; CAD/NSTEMI, coronary artery disease/non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction; CAR, chimeric antigen receptor; cyclo; cyclophosphamide; dara, daratumumab; d, dexamethasone; ECOG, Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group; EF, ejection fraction; HCT, hematopoietic stem cell transplant; IDDM, insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus 2; ide-cel, idecabtagene vicleucel; Ig, immunoglobulin; Isa, isatuximab; Ixa, ixazomib; K, carfilzomib; MM, multiple myeloma; P, pomalidomide; R, lenalidomide; R-ISS, revised International Staging System; s/p, status post; T, thalidomide; V, bortezomib
*Provided by Hansen.1


Figure 2. Safety of ide-cel in the real-world setting* 

CRS, cytokine release syndrome; ide-cel, idecabtagene vicleucel; NRM, non-relapse mortality; NT, neurotoxicity; SOC, standard of care.
*Adapted from Hansen, et al.2
ASTCT criteria used for grading CRS and NT.

Watch or download the presentation to learn more about:

  • The safety and efficacy of ide-cel and cilta-cel in the real world compared with clinical trial data
  • The factors associated with poorer response to CAR T cells
  • The discrepancy between real-world patient characteristics and eligibility criteria for clinical trials of CAR T cells
  • The use of CAR therapies in patients ineligible for clinical trials

Key points1,2

  • Best overall response rate to ide-cel and cilta-cel in standard of care setting, 84% and 89%, respectively.
  • Factors associated with poorer response to ide-cel include,
    • prior use of BCMA-targeted therapies;
    • high-risk cytogenetics;
    • ECOG performance status ≥2; and
    • younger age.
  • High-risk cytogenetics were an independent predictor of inferior outcomes with cilta-cel use.
  • Overall, ≥50% of real-world patients with multiple myeloma are ineligible for enrollment in clinical trials of CAR T cells but demonstrated favorable safety and efficacy data in the standard-of-care setting, compared with KarMMa and CARTITUDE-1.
  • Treatment with CAR T-cell therapies such as ide-cel and cilta-cel is feasible in the real-world setting, including in patients ineligible for clinical trial

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. Hansen D. Personal communication; Jun 9, 2023.
  2. Hansen D, Sidana S, Peres L, et al. Idecabtagene vicleucel for relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma: real-world experience from the Myeloma CAR T Consortium. J Clin Oncol. 2023;41(11);2087-2097. DOI: 1200/jco.22.01365


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