Multiple Myeloma Testing and Personalized Treatment
In this video from our ""Living Well With Multiple Myeloma"" event held at SCCA in November 2011, Drs. William Bensinger and Dr. Noopur Raje discuss testing for the treatment of myeloma with Andrew Schorr from Patient Power. With the heterogeneity of the disease, adjusting the drug schedule and combination for the individual patient is the key to treatment efficacy and the control of side effects. Dr. Raje describes the panel of tests used to determine the appropriate individualized treatment regimen.
Multiple Myeloma Treatment and Research
In this video from our ""Living Well With Multiple Myeloma"" event held at SCCA in November 2011, Drs. William Bensinger of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, and Noopur Raje of Massachusetts General Hospital discuss treatment and research for multiple myeloma with Andrew Schorr from Patient Power. Dr. Raje, who researches drugs that can help with the bone complications of myeloma, states that they are able to decrease the risk of fractures by about 50% with bisphosphonates. She also discusses a clinical trial which uses osteoblasts to promote bone healing. In the more than 20 years that Dr. Bensinger has studied myeloma, he has never been more hopeful about his ability to fight the disease. Proteasome inhibitors such as bortezomib have dramatically changed the landscape. Remissions have lasted longer and patients have lived longer as a result of these drugs. Learn more about advancements in treatment of myeloma.
Stem Cell Transplant for Multiple Myeloma
In this video from our ""Living Well With Multiple Myeloma"" event held at SCCA in November 2011, Dr. William Bensinger of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, discusses the treatment of myeloma with stem cell transplant. He describes an autologous transplant, where high doses of drugs such as melphalan to eradicate the myeloma, and outlines the side effects. Dr. Bensinger tells about clinical trials which are trying to determine if transplants as part of the initial therapy or later in the course of disease treatment is more effective.