ONCOLOGY Vol 24 No 3_Suppl_2 | Oncology

Tailoring Treatment for Multiple Myeloma Patients With Relapsed and Refractory Disease

March 16, 2010

Responses to treatment of relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma are characteristically short, and median survival is as brief as 6 months. Although prognostic factors in the context of relapsed and refractory disease require further characterization, high-risk patients include those with certain cytogenetic abnormalities, high β2-microglobulin, and low serum albumin.

Best Practices in the Management of Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma Patients Who Will Not Undergo Transplant

March 16, 2010

No survival advantage of autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) has been documented for patients older than 65 years, and in the era of thalidomide (Thalomid), bortezomib (Velcade), and len­alidomide (Revlimid), ASCT has a diminished role in the front-line treatment of older patients with myeloma.