Several clinical trials are taking place right now at trying to prevent smoldering myeloma from progressing to active myeloma. One clinical trial open at Emory University is using a drug called iberdomide which has immunomodulating and cancer killing activities. This means that it helps to induce myeloma cell death and at the same time it helps the immune system to be stronger (by activating T-lymphocytes).
The iberdomide clinical trial is a Phase II study including 68 participants that aims to evaluate the effects of iberdomide when given alone or in combination with dexamethasone in treating intermediate or high-risk smoldering multiple myeloma patients. Immunotherapy with iberdomide may induce changes in body's immune system and may interfere with the ability of cancer cells to grow and spread.
The study is broken into two groups where one group of patients will receive iberdomide and dexamethasone (Arm A); while the other group will receive iberdomide alone (Arm B). Patients can join the study if they have/are:
- Intermediate or high risk smoldering multiple myeloma (SMM)
- Diagnosed with SMM less than 5 years from initiation of study drug
- Both men and women of all races and ethnic groups
- Patients with no kidney/heart issues
The study will review the overall response rate (ORR) comparing the two arms. It will also review:
- The 1- and 2- year progression free survival rates
- The time to progression, and overall survival
- To study the risk of adverse hematologic and non-hematologic events
- To evaluate stem cell mobilization failure and early stem cell mobilization feasibility
Patients can join if they have intermediate or high-risk smoldering multiple myeloma that includes at least one of the following risk factors:
- Bone marrow clonal plasma cells >= 20% confirmed on either screening bone marrow biopsy or by outside pathology ≤5 years from initiation of study drug.
- Abnormal serum free light chain ratio > 20 by serum free light chain (FLC) assay
- Serum monoclonal protein >= 2 g/dL
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about the author
Eduardo Franco is an International Medical Graduate who Joined HealthTree in 2020 as part of The Patient Experience team. He reads the patient’s medical records and compares them with the information reported by patients on Healthtree so we can have the most exact information on our platform. He is a martial arts practitioner, drummer and avid reader.