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Cancer is not like cancer: Ethnic background matters

November 24, 2017 – New research indicates that one-size treatment for one form of blood cancer likely does not fit all, particularly when it comes to ethnic differences of patients.  Thus, African-American men are three times more likely to be diagnosed with multiple myeloma,

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Pembrolizumab (Keytruda): Clinical trials on hold

September 2, 2017 – The American Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has announced that two clinical trials with Pembrolizumab (Keytruda) in patients with multiple myeloma have been put on hold. The FDA informs the public, health care professionals, and oncology clinical investigators about the risks associated with the use of Pembrolizumab (Keytruda) in combination with dexamethasone and an immunomodulatory agent (Lenalidomide (Revlimid) or Pomalidomide (Pomalyst)) for the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma.

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Elotuzumab (Empliciti), a new immune-stimulating therapy to treat multiple myeloma has been approved

December 02, 2015 –  The American Food and Drug Administration (FDA) just granted approval for Elotuzumab (Empliciti) in combination with two other therapies to treat people with multiple myeloma who have received one to three prior medications. Elotuzumab (Empliciti) is a monoclonal antibody against SLAMF7 that activates the body’s immune system to attack and kill multiple myeloma cells.

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FDA extends armamentarium to treat multiple myeloma: Ixazomib (Ninlaro) and Daratumumab (Darzalex) approved

November 21, 2015 – During the last few days, the American Food and Drug Administration  (FDA) just extended the armamentarium in the fight against multiple myeloma by two new entries, namely Ixazomib (Ninlaro) and Daratumumab (Darzalex). Both drugs are intended to treat those patients who have received at least one (Ixazomib (Ninlaro) or three (Daratumumab (Darzalex) prior therapies for multiple myeloma,

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Panobinostat [Farydak] for the treatment of multiple myeloma approved

February 23, 2015 – Multiple myeloma is a form of blood cancer that arises from plasma cells, a type of white blood cell, found in bone marrow. According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 21,700 Americans are diagnosed with multiple myeloma and 10,710 die from the disease annually.

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