This guide is written for GPs to help in the diagnosis of myeloma and monoclonal gammopathies. Primary care clinicians play a critical role in the early diagnosis of myeloma
In collaboration with BMJ Learning, we have created a new course for GPs on myeloma. This interactive course gives practical tips on the detection and diagnosis of myeloma and MGUS.
We have partnered with GatewayC on their updated Myeloma Early Diagnosis course, available for all primary care professionals.
This course aims to increase GPs’ awareness of patients with suspected myeloma and support them to undertake the appropriate investigations and understand how to interpret the results.
The Clinical Trials Research Unit at the University of Leeds has produced a series of webinars for researchers and clinicians about the UK Myeloma Research Alliance (UKMRA)-Myeloma UK-Concept and Access Research Programme (CARP) and how it supports the development of early phase myeloma clinical trials in the UK.
Early diagnosis of myeloma relies on primary care clinicians being able to accurately suspect, test and refer patients with suspected myeloma. It is important that GPs are able to distinguish those patients that require urgent investigation in secondary care versus those that likely have lower risk MGUS and so can be monitored in primary care or via discussion…
In collaboration with colleagues from the UKMF, Myeloma UK have developed a set of slides and a corresponding poster that are available to download and use in a Grand Round event.
We have co-partnered education events for GPs with a number of Clinical Commissioning Groups across the UK.
Please get in touch if you can direct us to the relevant person in your local CCG or if you would be interested in hosting a GP education event at your hospital. Email firstname.lastname@example.org
We have collaborated with Macmillan to produce a Myeloma 10 top tips factsheet to support myeloma diagnosis by raising GP awareness. This includes guidance on when to suspect myeloma and which blood tests should be requested. The factsheet has been reviewed by expert haematologists and Macmillan GP Advisors to ensure the content is accurate from the perspective of both primary and secondary care clinicians.
Early diagnosis for myeloma patients is associated with improved overall survival. The one year survival rate for patients diagnosed via GP referral is significantly higher than those diagnosed following emergency admission (88% vs 62%). Fundamental to timely diagnosis of rarer cancers such as myeloma is increased GP awareness.