Quiz: What Are Current Management Considerations in Multiple Myeloma?

March 12, 2018

How much do you understand about evaluating prognosis and choosing treatment for patients with myeloma? Take our latest quiz to find out.

Question 1

Answer

A.True

The prognosis for most patients with myeloma has improved with the use of bortezomib, carfilzomib, lenalidomide, and other agents, but for patients with high-risk disease, prognosis remains poor.[1,2]

References

1. Vangsted AJ, Helm-Petersen S, Cowland JB, et al. Drug response prediction in high-risk multiple myeloma. Gene. 2018;644:80-6.

2. Sonneveld P, Avet-Loiseau H, Lonial S, et al. Treatment of multiple myeloma with high-risk cytogenetics: a consensus of the International Myeloma Working Group. Blood. 2016;127:2955-62.

Question 2

Answer

D.All of the above: complete response, progression-free survival, and overall survival

Bortezomib and carfilzomib are associated with improved complete response, progression-free survival, and overall survival in myeloma patients with t(4;14) and del(17/17p), and lenalidomide might be associated with improved progression-free survival in these patients, according to a 2016 consensus statement by the International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG), published in Blood.

Question 3

 

Answer

A.True

These patients represent a heterogenous population with an unmet need for more effective treatment options.[1]

Reference

1. Sonneveld P, Avet-Loiseau H, Lonial S, et al. Treatment of multiple myeloma with high-risk cytogenetics: a consensus of the International Myeloma Working Group. Blood. 2016;127:2955-62.

Question 4

Answer

C.Ten or more years

"Response to treatment and survival of newly diagnosed MM is heterogeneous, with median overall survival ranging from 2 to > 10 years," reported authors of the 2016 International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) consensus statement.

Question 5

Answer

A.Prognosis

In general, these GEP signatures "are useful for prognostication, whereas prediction has to be validated," according to the 2016 International Myeloma Working Group consensus statement. The Mayo Stratification of Myeloma and Risk-Adapted Therapy, or mSMART, prognostic criteria include GEP and can be used to stratify patients for different treatments, but the use of mSMART for risk-adapted therapy has not been validated in prospective clinical trials, the consensus statement noted.