By Greg Brozeit | Posted - Apr 6th, 2016

 

 

 

 

National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) Announces Unprecedented Myeloma Guidelines

BY GREG BROZEIT myelomaThe National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN), an expert panel that develops standard-of-care guidelines for practicing physicians, announced unprecedented recommendations for the treatment of myeloma. Dr. Ken Anderson, chair of the NCCN myeloma panel, told Medscape Medical News that certain patients with smoldering myeloma who “do not have the so-called CRAB features” would “not have to wait” for treatment and physicians could “start to treat those patients sooner.” More importantly for patients with active myeloma, NCCN increased the number of therapy so that they, according to Anderson, “can benefit from our novel treatments.” Drug combinations including panobinostat, carfilzomib, ixazomib, and the newly approved monoclonal antibodies elotuzumab and daratumumab are now all recommended for use in relapsed and refractory patients. NCCN also expanded the commonly used staging criteria to include patients with high-risk disease features. “The NCCN Guidelines underscore how far we have come in treating myeloma,” said Myeloma Crowd founder Jenny Ahlstrom. “They contain the most accessible, comprehensive information about myeloma treatment for patients and practicing physicians and the NCCN myeloma panel’s decisions prove that the age of novel therapies and the possibility of prevention has arrived. We should expect the addition of many more options in future editions of the Guidelines,” said Ahlstrom. In the introduction to the NCCN Guidelines, the authors caution readers, “Don’t be discouraged as you read.” For the myeloma community, the new publication provides great encouragement and reasonable hope for a much brighter future. Find Smoldering Myeloma Clinical Trials

 
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Greg Brozeit - Greg is the Program Director for the Myeloma Crowd patient education programs. He is based in Northeast Ohio.

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