Key partnership formed to create the Myeloma Genome Project

Celgene, the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) have announced that they have partnered to create the Myeloma Genome Project to compile high quality genetic and clinical data to improve diagnosis, prognosis and treatment for myeloma patients. The aim is to develop a strategy for classifying myeloma into subgroups…

Myeloma UK funded research identifies mechanism for genetic risk of myeloma

A study, funded by Myeloma UK, has discovered a mechanism that may explain how a genetic variant increases the risk of developing myeloma. Published in the latest issue of Nature Communications, researchers at The Institute of Cancer Research, London investigated the functional effects of the most highly associated variant they had identified from a previously conducted…

Study reveals prevalence of symptoms in myeloma patients

A Myeloma UK funded study, published recently in the European Journal of Haematology, has found that a large number of symptoms occur frequently in myeloma patients, highlighting the importance of routine assessments throughout the disease trajectory in order to achieve optimal quality of life for patients. Led by Christina Ramsenthaler and Prof Irene Higginson, Department of…

Revamped Cancer Drugs Fund launched in England

A revised Cancer Drugs Fund (CDF) together with wider changes in the way the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) assesses cancer drugs has recently been launched. Developed through a partnership between National Health Service (NHS) England and NICE, the new CDF allows drugs which meet set criteria under a managed access agreement…

New genetic clues help explain inherited predisposition to myeloma

A study published recently in Nature Communications has identified eight new genetic risk loci for myeloma, providing further insights into the genetic and biological basis of its predisposition. The research, performed at The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) and part funded by Myeloma UK involved a meta-analysis of pooled data from several independent genome-wide association…

NICE issues new draft guidelines for end of life care

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has issued draft guidelines for consultation to improve the care of adults during the last few days of life. The guidelines are meant to replace the Liverpool Care Pathway which were phased out in 2014. Key recommendations highlight the importance of communication and shared decision-making involving…

Publication of revised International Staging System for myeloma

The International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) has revised the International Staging System (ISS) to enable better stratification of newly diagnosed myeloma patients. It now includes the detection of chromosomal abnormalities (CA) by interphase fluorescent in situ hybridisation (iFISH) and the measurement of serum lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) which, when combined with the previous ISS, provides powerful…