Advances in the molecular understanding of myeloma have led to the development of novel agents such as immunomodulatory drugs (IMiDs) and proteasome inhibitors (bortezomib). When used alone, these agents have significant activity against myeloma and responses increase significantly when they are combined with additional agents including glucocorticosteroids and chemotherapeutic agents such as alkylators. There is a drive to use these novel agents in patients with newly diagnosed myeloma, where they lead to impressive response rates with increasing duration of responses. In addition, novel agents are now the mainstays of therapy for relapsed disease. In the following paper, we summarize the key observations from recent completed and ongoing studies that determined the effect of these novel therapies both in the setting of newly diagnosed myeloma and for relapsed disease. We also discuss our approach to the use of these agents in specific myeloma settings.
- Immunomodulatory agents (IMiDs)
- Proteasome inhibitors
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