Multiple Myeloma is the second most common hematologic malignancy and is characterized by malignant plasma cells that reproduce uncontrollably. These plasma cells tend to localize within the bone marrow, but they may also be found elsewhere in the body. In this special edition program, Dr. James Berenson joins Andrew to discuss contemporary issues in relapsed-refractory myeloma. Based in Los Angeles, Dr. Berenson is the Founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research. He has been involved in many of the major breakthroughs that have brought new treatments for patients with myeloma and resulted in improvements in the length and quality of their lives.
Dr. Berenson speaks in depth about the distinguishing characteristics for each agent used for myeloma treatment, including Revlimid, Velcade (bortezomib), Dexamethasone, Doxil and others, as well as the effectiveness of these drugs in combination therapy. He explains the treatment-free interval, how to re-treat patients with a previous response to certain drugs, his unique take on maintenance therapy, and his approach to treating relapse patients. Hear the latest on Dr. Berenson’s opinion about bone marrow transplant and the debate surrounding it, as well as his answers to questions submitted by listeners.
Listen to this program to learn why Dr. Berenson is so optimistic about multiple myeloma treatment. The rapid advances in research are helping those with multiple myeloma to live longer, better quality lives.
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