A new UK study recruits MGUS and smouldering myeloma patients to discover what causes myeloma.

University College London has announced the launch of a new National Cancer Research Network observational study (COSMOS) that will recruit patients with MGUS (monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance) and smouldering myeloma to help identify the genetic and immunological changes that cause myeloma. This ground-breaking study, which is funded by Cancer Research UK and the Medical…

Leeds CTRU launches a series of webinars to introduce the UKMRA-Myeloma UK-Concept and Access Research Programme

The Clinical Trials Research Unit (CTRU) at the University of Leeds is running a series of webinars for researchers and clinicians so they can learn all about the UKMRA-Myeloma UK-Concept and Access Research Programme (CARP) and how it supports the development of early phase myeloma trials. The webinar series will include presentations that will describe…

Myeloma UK funded research supports the need for molecular analysis at relapse

Myeloma UK funded research recently published in Leukemia shows that acquisition of new copy number aberrations is associated with relapse and therefore strongly supports the need for repeated molecular analysis at relapse. Chromosomal changes like copy number aberrations (structural amplifications, gains, or deletions) are a feature of myeloma. However, the relationship between copy number aberrations…

Double accreditation for Myeloma UK patient services

In the last couple of months, Myeloma UK has received two professional accreditations for their patient services. In November, the Myeloma Information Specialist Team received the Helplines Standard accreditation from The Helplines Partnership for the sixteenth year running. The Helplines Standard is a nationally recognized quality standard which defines and recognizes best practice in helpline…

An update on potential new myeloma treatments in 2020

The year so far has been particularly busy for the myeloma access pipeline with four new myeloma treatments being appraised by both drug approval bodies, the National Institute for Healthcare Excellence (NICE) and the Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC). There is also a new treatment for patients with AL Amyloidosis which has begun the appraisal process…