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multiple myeloma; blood cancer
The Australasian Myeloma Research Consortium (AMaRC) in collaboration with theAustralasian Leukaemia & Lymphoma Group (ALLG) and the Myeloma and Related DiseasesRegistry (MRDR) is conducting a phase II study to investigate the optimal usage oflenalidomide and/or bortezomib in newly-diagnosed transplant-ineligible myeloma patientsbased on a frailty score (frailty is characterised by a decline in body functions). If...
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The New Zealand Myeloma Interest Group is comprised of representative haematologists from District Health Boards around the country with a special interest and expertise in MM. We reviewed the currently available evidence, including randomised controlled trials, retrospective data and conference abstracts, and interpreted these in the context of treatment options available in New Zealand to...
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Myeloma experts convened in person and online for the 2022 Multiple Myeloma Queenstown Summit, hosted by Myeloma New Zealand. This year’s meeting included presentations from local and international experts, including the Chief Medical Officer of the International Myeloma Foundation, Professor Joseph Mikhael, Assistant Professor Jonathan Keats from Arizona, and Professor Simon Harrison and Dr Simon...
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Myeloma New Zealand has started a campaign to press Pharmac into funding a treatment that has been standard-of-care throughout the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for more than five years. Myeloma NZ trustee Nichola Oakenfull has been interviewed for the article, well done Nichola! Here is the RNZ article: https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/474629/blood-cancer-patient-charity-campaigns-for-pharmac-to-fund-medicine
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MEDIA RELEASE 7 September 2022 New Zealanders living with multiple myeloma, a deadly, relapsing/remitting blood cancer, are mounting a major, evidence-based campaign to press Pharmac into funding a transformative treatment that has been standard-of-care throughout the OECD for more than 5 years.    Myeloma patient and trustee of Myeloma NZ Nichola Oakenfull says patients who’ve...
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As we continue to understand more about the biology of multiple myeloma (MM) and the number of treatment options for patients with MM continues to expand, keeping track of the current standard of care practices and emerging new treatment strategies has become even more challenging. In this commentary, we will summarize our thoughts on how...
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The Cancer Control Agency’s analysis of the gap between Australia and New Zealand in funding 18 selected medicines with substantial clinical benefit is a welcome way of drawing attention to the plight of NZ cancer patients desperate for treatments that are funded across the Tasman, but not here, says Myeloma NZ Chief Executive Dr Ken...
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