Future directions in immunomodulatory therapy
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- Lonial, S. Med Oncol (2010) 27(Suppl 1): 62. doi:10.1007/s12032-009-9376-8
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The role of immunomodulatory-based therapy with thalidomide or lenalidomide is clearly established in the management of patients with myeloma in all phases of their disease. Recent preclinical and clinical works have demonstrated that in addition to combination therapy with dexamethasone, there is significant activity when combined with the proteasome inhibitor bortezomib. More recent clinical studies have also demonstrated significant activity when combined with akt inhibitors, HDAC inhibitors, and even monoclonal antibodies. Further clinical development of immunomodulatory agents should continue to be based on preclinical rationale, which has resulted in a number of promising and clinically active combinations.