Episode 275: Bispecific Monoclonal Antibodies in Hematologic Cancers and Solid Tumors

“It’s really important to look at where your target is and what the toxicities are associated with hitting that target. Make sure you include that thinking when you’re talking about bispecifics,” ONS member Rowena (Moe) Schwartz, PharmD, BCOP, professor of pharmacy practice at the James L. Winkle College of Pharmacy at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio, told Jaime Weimer, MSN, RN, AGCNS-BS, AOCNS®, manager of oncology nursing practice at ONS, during a discussion about the use of bispecific monoclonal antibodies in hematologic cancers and solid tumors.  

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Highlights From Today’s Episode 

“When we talk about bispecifics, we need to really pay attention to both the target on the cancer and the target for T-cell engaging, because that impacts both efficacy but also toxicity.” TS 4:20 

“If you really look deep into the clinical trials, often the patients that are receiving these agents in clinical trials have had more than the required three or four lines of treatment. They may have had five or more lines of treatment. So it’s really important to kind of look at where it sits right now, knowing, of course, that that’s an evolving target.” TS 7:13 

“One of the things I think can be missed, at times, is the fact that you need to consider the toxicities associated with your target on the cancer cell.” TS 10:06 

“In terms of mitigating risk, there’s been two major ways that have been done. One is a step-up dose schedule, and so one of the key things I would say: If you’re not familiar with an agent that you’re going to be administering, it’s really important to review the entire step-up scheme because it's different for each agent. In some cases, patients need to be admitted to the hospital for the entire step-up strategy. Other times it's just the first dose. So it’s really important to look at that.” TS 11:58 

“I think we’re going to get to the point where our teaching strategy is going to have to be somewhat tailored to the agent we’re giving. So, how the drug is given during the step-up, what the subsequent cycling is going to be, whether it’s going to be a Q21-day cycle or a weekly dosing administration or every-two-week administration after a certain point. So, I think some understanding of what to expect going forward because these are drugs that are given continually in most situations and so it’s important for people to know what to expect.” TS 14:25 

“I think we’re going to see bispecifics that perhaps engage other aspects of the immune system besides CD3. In fact, those are in clinical trials. And I do believe that we’re going to see these more and more developed for cancers beyond the hematologic malignancies. There’s a lot of work being done at looking at targets that we know are helpful targets in certain cancers. And I think we’ll see more drugs approved beyond the myeloma and the lymphoma and the leukemia space.” TS 20:42 

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