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Br J Haematol. 2018 May;181(4):447-459. doi: 10.1111/bjh.15121. Epub 2018 Apr 25.

Current use of monoclonal antibodies in the treatment of multiple myeloma.

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Tufts Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA.
Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Jerome Lipper Multiple Myeloma Center, Boston, MA, USA.


Multiple myeloma (MM) is the second most common haematological malignancy after non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Despite the improvement in outcomes over the last decade with the introduction of novel therapies, such as immunomodulatory agents (IMiDs) and proteasome inhibitors (PIs), MM remains an incurable disease. Patients who are both refractory to IMiDs and PIs carry a particularly dismal prognosis. The development of targeted therapy in the form of monoclonal antibodies has shifted the treatment paradigm of this disease, resulting in unprecedented response rates, even among the highest-risk patients. In this review, we will summarize the mechanism of action and provide an overview of the clinical trials that have led to the US Food and Drug Administration approval of Daratumumab and Elotuzumab, and their current use in the treatment of MM.


Daratumumab; Elotuzumab; monoclonal antibodies; multiple myeloma

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