Belantamab mafodotin is in clinical development for the treatment of multiple myeloma (MM) in patients who are refractory or have relapsed to prior treatments. MM is a rare, incurable cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow where large amounts of abnormal plasma cells are produced and interfere with the production of red and white blood cells and platelets. People with MM will experience periods of time without symptoms followed by periods when the illness comes back (‘relapsed’ MM). Eventually the periods without symptoms will shorten and the illness will become immune to the drugs given to treat it (‘refractory’ MM).
Belantamab mafodotin is a first-in-class therapy delivered via intravenous infusion. This medicine is an antibody drug conjugate comprising a B cell maturation antigen (BCMA)-targeting monoclonal antibody that delivers a cytotoxin (cysMMAF) to abnormal plasma cells, which interferes with the cell’s ability to divide and grow and encourages the immune system to attack the affected cells, slowing the progression of the disease. If licensed, belantamab mafodotin has the potential to improve outcomes in patients that have already received prior treatments but their myeloma has come back.
Nivolumab in combination with ipilimumab is in clinical development for PD-L1 positive patients with previously untreated unresectable or metastatic urothelial cancer regardless of cisplatin eligibility. Urothelial cancer, a subset of bladder cancer, occurs on the lining of the renal pelvis, ureter, bladder and urethra, and other parts of the urinary system. In some cases,the tumour spreads into the surrounding muscles or other parts of the body which means that it cannot be cured by surgery. Metastatic urothelial cancer occurs when the cancer has spread to other parts of the body, such as the liver or bones. The symptom of urothelial cancer is blood in the urine, but symptoms may only appear once the cancer grows larger or into the deeper layers of the bladder wall for both men and women. Other symptoms may include increased frequency/urgency/pain of urine passing, weight loss, back/lower tummy/bone pain, fatigue and illness.