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Lymphoma, Multiple Myeloma View Time: 33 mins

touchEXPERT BRIEFING CAR T-cell treatment pathway: From patient identification to long-term management

Watch leading experts discuss CAR T-cell treatment pathways in non-Hodgkin lymphoma and multiple myeloma, from patient identification to long-term management.

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Prof. Ulrich Jäger
Medical University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria

Prof. Ulrich Jäger outlines the potential benefit of CAR T-cell therapy in appropriate patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma, including how to select suitable patients, making referrals and the benefits of early referral.

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In this interview, we asked Prof. Ulrich Jäger the following questions:

  • In patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma in clinical trials and in real-world practice, CAR T-cell therapy has resulted in what treatment benefits?
  • What are the most important factors in clinical practice for patient selection for CAR T-cell therapy in non-Hodgkin lymphoma including in transplant ineligible patients?
  • Are there any differences in eligibility criteria for CAR T-cell therapy and autologous stem cell transplant therapy in non-Hodgkin lymphoma?
  • How and when do you refer a patient with non-Hodgkin lymphoma for CAR T-cell therapy?
  • What are the benefits of early referral?
  • Are there any specific regional differences in the selection and management of patients for CAR T-cell therapy?

Ulrich Jäger is a Professor of Hematology at Medizinische Universitsat Wien, Vienna, and Head of the Clinical Department for Hematology and Hemostaseology at the Vienna General Hospital, Vienna, AT. Prof. Jäger obtained his university degree in General Internal Medicine at the University of Vienna. His research interests include lymphoproliferative diseases, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, non-Hodgkin lymphoma, acute lymphocytic leukemia, antibody therapies, and autoimmune hemolytic anemias.

Prof. Ulrich Jäger disclosures: Honoraria/Advisory Boards from Novartis, Janssen, Gilead, BMS/Celgene, Miltenyi, Roche. Grant support from Novartis.

Dr Maria-Victoria Mateos
University Hospital of Salamanca, Salamanca, Spain

Dr Maria-Victoria Mateos outlines the potential benefit of CAR T-cell therapy in appropriate patients with multiple myeloma, including data from clinical trials, key factors in selecting patients, and the benefits of early referral.

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In this interview, we asked Dr Maria-Victoria Mateos the following questions:

  • In clinical trials and in real-world practice, patients with multiple myeloma relieving CAR T-cell therapy have demonstrated what treatment benefits?
  • In clinical practice, what are the most important factors for selecting patients with multiple myeloma to receive CAR T-cell therapy?
  • How do the eligibility criteria for CAR T-cell therapy and autologous stem cell transplant therapy differ in patients with multiple myeloma?
  • At what disease stage do you typically see patients treated with CAR T-cell therapy and are there any benefits of patients being referred early?
  • Are there any specific regional differences in the selection and management of patients for CAR T-cell therapy?

Dr María-Victoria Mateos is consultant physician in the Haematology Department and associate professor of Medicine at the University of Salamanca, Spain. She is the director of the Myeloma Program and coordinates the Clinical Trials Unit in Salamanca’s University Hospital Haematology Department. She has published over 250 original papers in international journals.

Dr Maria-Victoria Mateos disclosures: honoraria derived from lectures and participation in boards from Janssen, Celgene, Takeda, Amgen, GSK, AbbVie, Pfizer, Regeneron, Roche, Sanofi, Oncopeptides, Seagen and BMW/Celgene.

Dr Robin Sanderson
King’s College Hospital, London, UK

Dr Robin Sanderson discusses the journey of a patient receiving CAR T-cell therapy including the key steps from collection to infusion, where these stages are managed, and how to manage toxicities.

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In this interview, we asked Dr Robin Sanderson the following questions:

  • Where are the different stages of CAR T-cell therapy both before, during and after an infusion managed including bridging therapy?
  • Please outline the possible short-, medium-and long-term toxicities associated with CAR T-cell therapy?
  • How do you manage the most common CAR T-cell therapy toxicities?
  • What roles do the multidisciplinary team play in assessing patient eligibility, and the identification, management, and long-term monitoring of a patient’s response to CAR T-cell therapy?
  • Are there any specific regional differences in the selection and management of patients for CAR T-cell therapy?

Dr Sanderson is a consultant Haemato-oncologist at King’s College Hospital and has a specialist interest in CAR T-cells, lymphoid disorders, and stem cell transplantation. He completed his medical and haematological training at St Bartholomew’s, King’s College, and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, and completed his PhD at Barts Cancer Institute.

Disclosures: Grant funding for advisory board work /travel support from Novartis, Bayer, Roche, Allergan, Moorfields Eye Hospital and has received research funding from Bayer, Novartis, Allergan, BMS and Roche.

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Overview & Learning Objectives

CAR T-cell therapy has led to improvements in disease outcomes for patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma and multiple myeloma.1–14
In this activity, leading experts outline the factors and eligibility criteria influencing treatment decisions, the importance of early referral and referral challenges, and the key steps in delivering CAR T-cell therapy, including the management of toxicities.

Learning Objectives

After watching this activity, participants should be better able to:

  • Outline the potential benefit of CAR T-cell therapy in appropriate patients and how suitable patients can be identified and referred.
  • Describe the patient journey for CAR T-cell therapy.
  • Discuss how patients can be monitored and managed once they have been discharged from hospital.
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