By Jennifer Ahlstrom | Posted - Nov 16th, 2018





Our Next Show: Discovering an Immune System Signature for Multiple Myeloma Patients with MCRI Award Winner David Chung, MD, PhD, MSKCC

Monday, November 19, 2018 @ 10 am Pacific, 11 am Mountain, Noon Central, 1 pm Eastern

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Why do some multiple myeloma patients relapse early after stem cell transplant while others stay in remission for many years? The patient's immune system may be a key factor.  

David Chung, MD, PhD of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center was recently selected as a Myeloma Crowd Research Initiative (MCRI) award recipient. The goal of the MCRI is to help optimize myeloma therapy for individual patients.

Dr. Chung's research will review patients who have undergone stem cell transplant. He will study three different parts of their immune system after transplant - T cells, lymphocytes and myeloid derived suppressor cells (MDSCs) and will compare early vs. late relapse. He will then combine that immune system signature with the myeloma genetics of each patient to understand the impact they have together. 

Learn why studying the immune system may be just as important as the study of myeloma genetics and what this research can mean for you personally.

The Myeloma Crowd created the MCRI because we "Can't Wait for a Cure." Through the MCRI we want to help find the right treatment for the right patient at the right time. The MCRI is funding three research projects - each with a different focus - that will also integrate with HealthTree, a new tool for myeloma patients. Learn more about HealthTree here: Donate to the MCRI here:

Thanks to our episode sponsor, Takeda Oncology


Jennifer Ahlstrom
About the Author

Jennifer Ahlstrom - Jenny A - Myeloma survivor, patient advocate, wife, mom of 6. Believer that patients can help accelerate a cure by weighing in and participating in clinical trials. Founder of Myeloma Crowd, Myeloma Crowd Radio, HealthTree and the CrowdCare Foundation.


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