Myeloma Minute: Multiple Myeloma and Healthcare News

Myeloma Experts in Asia Take Steps to Expand Research, Treatment, Education 

The International Myeloma Foundation convened the first-ever Asian Myeloma Network Summit in Seoul, Korea, this past weekend, drawing experts from China, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Singapore, and Thailand. The Summit’s goal, reports IMF Chairman Dr. Brian G.M. Durie, was to improve the life of patients in Asia and intensify data-gathering and clinical trials in the region. “AMN members are clearly excited to be able to measure up to top US and European research groups.” Read Dr. Durie’s blog.​


Tickets Selling Fast: Star-Studded 11th Annual IMF Comedy Celebration

Don’t miss the star-studded lineup for the IMF 11th Annual Comedy Celebration on Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the Wilshire Ebell Theatre in Los Angeles. Actor and comedian Ray Romano hosts an evening of eight headliners under one roof. This year, we welcome singer, actor, dancer Robert Klein. Also in the lineup is this past weekend’s Host of Saturday Night Live, star of HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” and star/co-creator of the film “The Big Sick,” Kumail Nanjiani. Finally, catch lively Nikki Glaser, from Comedy Central, Conan, and @midnight. Learn more about all of this year’s performers.

Watch the 11th Annual IMF Comedy Celebrations Pre-Show Buzz Via Facebook Live

Watch the International Myeloma Foundation’s live stream of the 11th annual Comedy Celebration red carpet arrivals and silent auction, exclusively from 6–8 p.m. PT at Alie Ward (CBS’ Innovation Nation Correspondent and Ologies Podcast Host) and Daphne Lee (Miss Black USA) will host the live stream. However, to enjoy the Comedy Celebration live performances, you must attend the actual show in person. Tickets are going quickly. Get yours now –

Register Now for This ‘Living Well With Myeloma’ Webinar

Join the IMF’s Nurse Leadership Board members, Beth Faiman and Charise Gleason, for this “Living Well With Myeloma” webinar on “How to Talk With Your Healthcare Team About What’s Best for You.” This webinar will introduce patients to shared decision-making. It includes case studies that show how patients and healthcare providers can communicate more successfully.

The Lancet Oncology Publishes an Interim Overall Survival Analysis of the Phase III ENDEAVOR Trial

The phase III ENDEAVOR trial, “a head-to-head comparison of two proteasome inhibitors in patients with relapsed or refractory myeloma,” shows that the combination of Kyprolis® (carfilzomib) and dexamethasone, as opposed to the combination of Velcade® (bortezomib) and dexamethasone, extends overall survival in patients. Based on results of this analysis, it is recommended that “Kyprolis (carfilzomib) combined with dexamethasone should be considered a standard of care with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma.”

Executive Actions on the Affordable Care Act

On Thursday, October 12, 2017, President Trump made two major moves on health care. In the morning, Trump signed an executive order directing an overhaul of major federal regulations.In the early evening, Trump announced that the federal government will end the Affordable Care Act’s cost-sharing reduction subsidies (CSRs). This week, however, two senators ended up making a bipartisan deal to fund the subsidies. Learn more about these executive actions on the Affordable Care Act.

How soon will new immune therapies become mainstream?

In this week’s video, Dr. Brian GM Durie discusses the pros and cons of newer “immune therapies,” including monoclonal antibodies, checkpoint inhibitors, bispecific antibodies, and CAR-T cells.

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