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Another Option Available for Multiple Myeloma Patients

Just on the heels of two approvals last week, the FDA today approved a third therapy to treat patients with multiple myeloma. Elotuzumab (Emplicity ™) is approved for use in combination with another drug, lenalidomide (Revlimid ®) for patients who have failed previous therapies. The dizzying rate at which new therapies have come online for multiple myeloma has created quite a bit of buzz, just ahead of the annual American Society of Hematology Meeting kicking off in Orlando this weeke ...

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Achieving the Impossible: What’s ahead in 2018?

We’ve just concluded one of the most historic years on record in terms of new therapy approvals for blood cancers. In all, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved 18 therapies to treat patients with blood cancers, including some entirely new agents and some new uses for already approved drugs. Among these approvals were the first new therapies – four to be precise – for acute myeloid leukemia (AML) after a 40-year drought in treatment advances for this deadly blood ...

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My Myeloma Story

“What is multiple myeloma?” Those were my words after the doctor’s review of my lab results for a routine and random high blood pressure exam in November 2008. I had always been healthy, had never been in the hospital, never even broken a bone. I was in great shape: a 46-year-old high school biology teacher, head softball and volleyball coach, with a beautiful young family including two teenage daughters. I got not only cancer, but an incurable form of cancer. The diagnosis wa ...

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I Lost My Husband to Myeloma, A Blood Cancer

September is Blood Cancer Awareness Month and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is increasing awareness about the urgency to find cures for blood cancers – the third most common cancer killer in the U.S. Throughout the month, our blog series will focus on the three main types of blood cancers: leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. When Elijah was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2005, shortly after retiring from the Oakland Raiders, we were stunned. Neither of us had ...

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