Current use of monoclonal antibodies in the treatment of multiple myeloma

Br J Haematol. 2018 May;181(4):447-459. doi: 10.1111/bjh.15121. Epub 2018 Apr 25.


Multiple myeloma (MM) is the second most common haematological malignancy after non-Hodgkin lymphoma. Despite the improvement in outcomes over the last decade with the introduction of novel therapies, such as immunomodulatory agents (IMiDs) and proteasome inhibitors (PIs), MM remains an incurable disease. Patients who are both refractory to IMiDs and PIs carry a particularly dismal prognosis. The development of targeted therapy in the form of monoclonal antibodies has shifted the treatment paradigm of this disease, resulting in unprecedented response rates, even among the highest-risk patients. In this review, we will summarize the mechanism of action and provide an overview of the clinical trials that have led to the US Food and Drug Administration approval of Daratumumab and Elotuzumab, and their current use in the treatment of MM.

Keywords: Daratumumab; Elotuzumab; monoclonal antibodies; multiple myeloma.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antibodies, Monoclonal / therapeutic use*
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized / therapeutic use*
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Immunological / therapeutic use*
  • Humans
  • Multiple Myeloma / drug therapy*
  • Multiple Myeloma / pathology


  • Antibodies, Monoclonal
  • Antibodies, Monoclonal, Humanized
  • Antineoplastic Agents, Immunological
  • elotuzumab
  • daratumumab