Outcomes with panobinostat in heavily pretreated multiple myeloma patients

Darren Pan, Tarek H. Mouhieddine, Ranjan Upadhyay, Nicole Casasanta, Angela Lee, Nicole Zubizarreta, Erin Moshier, Joshua Richter

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Panobinostat is an oral pan histone-deacetylase inhibitor used in the treatment of relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma. Previously published studies of panobinostat demonstrated synergy with bortezomib but included few patients exposed to newer agent combinations (ie, panobinostat plus daratumumab or carfilzomib). Here, we report outcomes of panobinostat-based combinations at an academic medical center among patients whose disease had been heavily pretreated with modern agents. We retrospectively analyzed 105 patients with myeloma treated with panobinostat at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City between October 2012 and October 2021. These patients had a median age of 65 (range 37–87) and had received a median of 6 prior lines of therapy while in 53% the disease was classified as triple class refractory and in 54% the disease had high-risk cytogenetics. Panobinostat was most commonly utilized at 20 mg (64.8%) as part of a triplet (61.0%) or quadruplet (30.5%). Aside from steroids, panobinostat was most commonly administered in combination with lenalidomide, pomalidomide, carfilzomib, and daratumumab in descending order of frequency. Among the 101 response-evaluable patients, the overall response rate was 24.8%, clinical benefit rate (≥minimal response) was 36.6%, and median progression-free survival was 3.4 months. Median overall survival was 19.1 months. The most common toxicities ≥grade 3 were hematologic, primarily neutropenia (34.3%), thrombocytopenia (27.6%), and anemia (19.1%). Panobinostat-based combinations produced modest response rates in patients with heavily pretreated multiple myeloma, over half of whom had triple-class refractory disease. Panobinostat warrants continued investigation as a tolerable oral option for recapturing responses in patients whose disease has progressed after receipt of standard-of-care therapies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-48
Number of pages9
JournalSeminars in Oncology
Issue number1-2
StatePublished - 1 Feb 2023


  • HDAC inhibitor
  • Histone deacetylase inhibitor
  • Multiple myeloma
  • Panobinostat
  • Relapsed refractory multiple myeloma


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