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.
Understanding a Multiple Myeloma Diagnosis
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 understanding the diagnosis of multiple myeloma with Andrew Schorr from Patient Power. Dr. Bensinger explains MGUS (monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance) and tells about the risk of progression to active myeloma, which is about 1% a year. He also discusses smoldering multiple myeloma, or asymptomatic myeloma. People with this form of the disease have a higher percentage of plasma cells in their blood and bone marrow, and a higher level of M protein in their blood, but they do not have bone disease, kidney disease and are not anemic. Learn more about their risk of progression to active myeloma.
Limiting Myeloma Treatment Side Effects
In this video from our ""Living Well With Multiple Myeloma"" event held at SCCA in November 2011, Drs. William Bensinger and Noopur Raje discuss ways to limit the side effects of treatment for myeloma with Andrew Schorr from Patient Power. Dr. Raje states that the goal is not just to live longer, but to live longer well. Because every patient experiences different side effects from the treatment of the disease, Dr. Raje says the key is communication with your medical team, including nurses. Listen for more tips on managing side effects of myeloma treatment.
ASH 2012 Multiple Myeloma Update with Dr. William Bensinger
In this interview from the 2012 American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting, Dr. William Bensinger discusses the drug combination of Carfilzomib, Pomalidomide, and Dexamethasone. He explains the history and use of these drugs and how they were used in a phase one trial. The study gives patients less toxic therapy, a combination of more powerful medicines, and new hope. Learn more about this combination therapy for multiple myeloma.