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A combination of humanized anti-CD19 and anti-B-cell maturation antigen chimeric antigen receptor T-cells has shown activity in patients with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma, according to results of a single-center, single-arm phase 2 clinical trial published in The Lancet Haematology. The dual CAR T-cell combination resulted in a 95% response rate, with 43% of patients achieving...
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Bortezomib in combination with cyclophosphamide and dexamethasone (CyBorD, is a well-established frontline chemotherapy regimen for patients with multiple myeloma, but prospective data on elderly non-transplant eligible patients is limited. A total of 155 patients aged 70 years or older with newly diagnosed multiple myeloma who received at least one cycle of CyBorD chemotherapy in three...
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This story was originally published on Stuff “Why does New Zealand need to reinvent the wheel?” Posed by National MP Maggie Barry, that was the question at the heart of a fight to have dozens of life-extending – and life-saving – drugs funded. Emotions ran high during Wednesday’s health select committee as plea after plea...
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This story was originally published on RNZ Politicians heard emotional pleas today from cancer survivors, people with disabilities and health agencies to boost Pharmac’s funding for life saving drugs. Petitions were presented to the Health Select Committee at Parliament – calling on medicines to be funded – including for breast, lung, ovarian cancers, along with...
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Dr Ken Romeril, chief executive, Myeloma New Zealand, is appearing today before the Health Select Committee in support of their submission asking for funding of six life-extending treatments for multiple myeloma patients. Dr Romeril said there have been huge advances in myeloma treatment internationally, but no new anti-myeloma medicines have been funded in NZ in...
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Kia ora koutou, kō Ngati Tarawhai me Ngaiterangi ngā iwi, kō Joy Wilkie ahau,  Tēnā koutou katoa It’s great to be alive and here today. Thanks Dr George, and our public health system, for my life. Without a stem cell transplant in 2016 I could well be dead already or be living a life of much less quality. For 5 months in 2015 my GP prescribed ibuprofen 800s and told me...
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