Multiple Myeloma News

Here are all the latest news articles written by The Beacon's staff.

For news articles about treatments commonly given to myeloma patients, click on these links:
bisphosphonates, KyprolisPomalyst (Imnovid), Farydak (panobinostat), Revlimid, thalidomide, Velcade, and Zometa.

For news articles about potential new myeloma treatments, click on these links:
ARRY-520 (filanesib), ACY-1215 (ricolinostat), afuresertib (GSK2110183), BT-062, daratumumab, elotuzumab, ixazomib (MLN9708),  marizomib (NPI-0052), MOR202, oprozomib, SAR650984, Treanda (bendamustine), and Zolinza (vorinostat).

For news articles about specific myeloma-related topics, click on these links:
bone disease, kidney failure, MGUS, maintenance therapy, peripheral neuropathysecondary cancer, smoldering multiple myeloma, and stem cell transplants.

[ by | Apr 20, 2015 5:59 pm | 3 Comments ]
Subcutaneous Velcade Leads To Similar Response Rates, But Fewer Side Effects, Compared To IV Velcade In Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma

Initial results of a German clinical trial confirm pre­vi­ous find­ings that sub­cu­ta­ne­ous (under-the-skin) injections of Velcade for the treat­ment of myeloma lead to fewer side effects – but similar overall response rates – com­pared to intra­ve­nous (IV) infusions of the drug.

The trial results also indicate, however, that IV adminis­tra­tion of Velcade may lead to deeper treat­ment responses when patients are given the drug for a limited number of treat­ment cycles.

The German trial is notable not just because it is the largest study to date that has directly compared sub­cu­ta­ne­ous and …

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[ by | Apr 7, 2015 6:43 pm | One Comment ]
Combination Of Farydak And High-Dose Kyprolis Effective In Relapsed Multiple Myeloma

The results of a small Phase 1/2 clinical trial suggest that a com­bi­na­tion of Farydak and high-dose Kyprolis is effective as a treat­ment for relapsed multiple myeloma.

Participants in the trial were heavily pretreated, having had a median of five previous myeloma ther­a­pies. More than 70 per­cent of the patients, however, had at least a partial re­sponse to the trial regi­men at the target doses established during the trial’s first phase. The estimated two-year overall survival rate among the patients was 67 percent.

A response rate of more than 70 …

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[ by | Mar 31, 2015 5:22 pm | 12 Comments ]
Survival Of Nonsecretory Multiple Myeloma Patients Improves Over Last Decade

Results of a recent retrospective study conducted at the Mayo Clinic in­di­cate that the survival of patients with non­se­cre­tory multiple myeloma has improved over the last decade.

Nonse­cre­tory multiple myeloma is a rare form of myeloma in which a patient’s disease cannot be diagnosed or tracked by the presence of monoclonal protein in the blood or urine.  This is not the case for most myeloma patients, who have “se­cre­tory” disease which can be tracked using lab results such as a patient’s “M-spike” or free light chain levels.

The authors of …

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[ by and | Mar 23, 2015 5:27 pm | 9 Comments ]
Additional Treatment To Deepen Response Prior To Transplantation May Not Improve Survival In Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma

A recently published study may change the goals many myeloma special­ists use to make treatment decisions for newly diagnosed myeloma pa­tients planning on having a stem cell transplant.

The study also has potentially broader implications. Indeed, it may influ­ence ongoing debate on a fundamental controversy about how multiple myeloma, in general, should be treated.

The authors of the new study looked at data for 539 myeloma patients who failed to achieve even a partial response to their initial (induction) treat­ment regimen after diagnosis.

After their initial treatment failed, some of the …

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[ by | Mar 10, 2015 9:24 am | 7 Comments ]
Common Chromosomal Abnormalities Occur Less Often In African-American Than White Multiple Myeloma Patients

The results of a recently published study show that, among newly diag­nosed myeloma patients, African-Americans are less likely than white Americans to have the four most common myeloma-related chro­mo­somal ab­nor­mal­ities.

The authors of the study investigated how often the chro­mo­somal ab­nor­mal­ities t(11;14), t(4;14), del(13q), and del(17p) were present in two dif­fer­ent groups of newly diagnosed myeloma patients. One group con­sisted of African-Americans, the other of white Americans.

Each of the four ab­nor­mal­ities occurred less frequently in the African-American patients.

In addition, almost two-thirds of the African-American patients (63 per­cent) did …

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[ by | Mar 3, 2015 10:36 pm | 8 Comments ]
High-Dose Kyprolis Extends Progression-Free Survival Versus Velcade In Head-To-Head Relapsed Myeloma Trial

Initial results of a large, head-to-head clinical trial show that relapsed myeloma patients treated with high-dose Kyprolis and dex­a­meth­a­sone had twice the progression-free survival of relapsed patients treated with Velcade and dex­a­meth­a­sone.

Median progression-free survival in the Phase 3 trial was 18.7 months in trial participants treated with high-dose Kyprolis (carfilzomib) and dex­a­meth­a­sone (Decadron), compared to 9.4 months in patients treated with Velcade (bor­tez­o­mib) and dex­a­meth­a­sone.

The results of the so-called “ENDEAVOR” trial were announced this past Sunday evening in a press release issued …

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