This guidance recommends bortezomib monotherapy as a possible treatment for progressive multiple myeloma for people:
- whose multiple myeloma has relapsed for the first time after having one treatment, and
- who have had a bone marrow transplant, unless it is not suitable for them.
- After not more than four cycles of treatment, a blood or urine test should be done to check how well the cancer has responded to bortezomib.
- Treatment should be continued only if there has been at least a partial response to the drug.
The recommendations in this guidance represent the view of NICE, arrived at after careful consideration of the evidence available. When exercising their judgement, health professionals are expected to take this guidance fully into account, alongside the individual needs, preferences and values of their patients. The application of the recommendations in this guidance is at the discretion of health professionals and their individual patients and do not override the responsibility of healthcare professionals to make decisions appropriate to the circumstances of the individual patient, in consultation with the patient and/or their carer or guardian.
Commissioners and/or providers have a responsibility to provide the funding required to enable the guidance to be applied when individual health professionals and their patients wish to use it, in accordance with the NHS Constitution. They should do so in light of their duties to have due regard to the need to eliminate unlawful discrimination, to advance equality of opportunity and to reduce health inequalities.