Results from TEAMM clinical trial reported

Results from the Phase III TEAMM (Tackling EArly Morbidity and Mortality in Myeloma) trial have recently been reported at the American Society of Haematology 2017 conference. This study assessed the benefit of levofloxacin antibiotic prophylaxis and its effect on healthcare associated infections in newly diagnosed myeloma patients. The results show that levofloxacin prophylaxis had a…

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Carfilzomib treatment associated with cardiovascular events in myeloma patients

A meta-analysis conducted by researchers at the University of Pennsylvania has shown that treatment with carfilzomib (Kyprolis®) is associated with a higher incidence of cardiovascular events in myeloma patients. The study found that 18.1% of myeloma patients receiving carfilzomib experienced cardiovascular events, including hypertension, cardiac arrest, cardiac failure and arrhythmias, compared to only 3.8% of…

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Myeloma UK study of patient preferences published

Results from a Myeloma UK study, in which myeloma patients participated in a survey to determine individual preferences for treatment outcomes, have been published in The Oncologist. The survey, which was based on multicriteria decision analysis (MCDA) and swing weighting, asked patients to state their preference for the following outcomes of treatment; an increase in…

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SMC approves restricted use of daratumumab monotherapy for relapsed and refractory myeloma

The Scottish Medicines Consortium (SMC) has approved the use of daratumumab (Darzalex®) monotherapy as a fourth line treatment option for relapsed and refractory myeloma patients in Scotland, who have previously received treatment with a proteasome inhibitor and immunomodulatory drug. This decision is based on the pooled analysis of results from two clinical trials, MMY2002 and…

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IMWG study demonstrates benefit of whole body CT imaging in myeloma patients

A recent study, conducted by the International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG), has demonstrated the benefits of whole body computed tomography (WBCT) compared to conventional skeletal survey (CSS) for identifying osteolytic lesions in myeloma. The study, published in Blood Cancer Journal, found that WBCT is more sensitive than CSS in detecting skeletal lesions, with 20-25% patients…

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Myeloma UK funded research demonstrates impact of neutral tumour evolution on myeloma patient outcome

A study, funded by Myeloma UK, has demonstrated that neutral tumour evolution in myeloma is associated with poorer prognosis. Neutral evolution is the term used to describe evolution caused by random genetic mutations and are normally considered to be neither beneficial nor detrimental to survival. However, in this study, such tumours conferred a worse prognosis…

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Genmab report positive results from Phase III daratumumab trial for myeloma patients

The Danish biotechnology company, Genmab, have announced that the Phase III trial, ALCYONE, has achieved its primary endpoint of improving progression-free survival in newly diagnosed myeloma patients. This study compared daratumumab (Darzalex®) in combination with bortezomib (Velcade®), melphalan and prednisone (VMP) to VMP alone. Treatment including daratumumab was demonstrated to reduce the risk of disease…

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