Two More Bone Lesions

We have known for months now that the (unnamed) oral study regimen I've been taking was doing nothing for my numbers, IgG and M-Spike, except holding them stable.  We held out some hope, however, that it might at least take care of the lesion in my T5 vertebra. Alas, the opposite has happened.  Last Friday's PET/CT shows that the T5 lesion has increased in intensity from 6.3 to 10.1 SUV max.  Further, there is a "tiny" lesion with SUV max of 3.7 in T9, and one in the right scapula with SUV max of 5.2.  The study regimen works very well for some people, I'm told, but my myeloma isn't fazed by it.  Of course I am now finished with that regimen, and I have other reasons to be pleased about that. What's next?  I don't know yet.  Happily there is no emergency - according to the doctors all three of the lesions are still small and unlikely to cause a bone fracture soon.  Two doctors at Mayo have agreed with me that Kyprolis and Pomalyst together might be a powerful regimen for me, but one of those doctors said, "that combination will always be available," encouraging me to enter a trial of something new instead.  Moreover, Kyprolis (carfilzomib) is an injection/infusion on two consecutive days each week, for three weeks out of each four, so I would have to arrange my marathoning schedule to be home for that. Pomalyst gave me a wonderful seven-year ride as a single agent, and I started on it as part of an early stu...
Source: Myeloma Hope - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: blogs

Related Links:

Publication date: Available online 17 January 2020Source: Best Practice &Research Clinical HaematologyAuthor(s): Dickran Kazandjian, Alexander Dew, Elizabeth HillAbstractState of the art treatment for myeloma involves using 3-drug combinations incorporating immunomodulatory drugs (IMiDs) and proteasome inhibitors (PIs). Clinical trials for 4-drug combinations incorporating monoclonal antibodies added to IMiD and PI based backbones are underway. Recent retrospective analyses show that patients who attain MRD negativity have similar long term outcomes regardless of early or delayed high dose melphalan with autologous ste...
Source: Best Practice and Research Clinical Haematology - Category: Hematology Source Type: research
This study adds to the body of evidence in describing incidence and type of cardiac events experienced by an allogeneic and autologous HSCT population at one institution from 2012-2017. Sixty-five patients (9.8%) experienced cardiac events, including atrial arrhythmia (N = 39), acute heart failure (N = 9), acute coronary syndrome (N = 7), new onset hypertension (N = 9), with a few instances of bradycardia, ventricular arrhythmia, pericardial effusion, and pericarditis. Our multivariable regression analysis identified age (older), creatinine (higher) and history of coronary artery disease to significantly correlate with ris...
Source: Clinical Lymphoma Myeloma and Leukemia - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
No abstract available
Source: Oncology Times - Category: Cancer & Oncology Tags: News Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 17 January 2020Source: Best Practice &Research Clinical HaematologyAuthor(s): Gary A. Ulaner, C. Ola LandgrenAbstractFluorine-18 (18F)-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) positron emission tomography (PET) allows evaluation of elevated glucose metabolism in malignancies. There has been increasing interest in FDG PET/CT for plasma cell disorders since the International Myeloma Working Group outlined multiple applications of this imaging modality, including distinguishing smoldering myeloma from active multiple myeloma, confirmation of solitary plasmacytoma, and multiple indications in patients wi...
Source: Best Practice and Research Clinical Haematology - Category: Hematology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 17 January 2020Source: Best Practice &Research Clinical HaematologyAuthor(s): Even H. Rustad, Eileen M. BoyleAbstractAchieving minimal residual disease (MRD) negativity in the bone marrow is one of the strongest prognostic factors in multiple myeloma. Consequently, MRD testing is routinely performed in clinical trials and moving towards standard of care. This review focuses on the role of next generation sequencing (NGS) of tumor-specific immunoglobulin V(D)J sequences for MRD tracking. The immunoglobulin variable regions are ideal targets for tracking, because every tumor cell shares...
Source: Best Practice and Research Clinical Haematology - Category: Hematology Source Type: research
Publication date: Available online 16 January 2020Source: Clinical Lymphoma Myeloma and LeukemiaAuthor(s): Bei Xiong, Mei Xue, Yalan Yu, Sanyun Wu, Xuelan ZuoAbstractTo investigate the clinical implications of SF3B1 mutation and ring sideroblasts in myelodysplastic syndrome-refractory cytopenia with multilineage dysplasia (MDS-RCMD), 238 consecutive MDS-RCMD patients were included in this study. Our results showed that SF3B1 mutation in MDS- RCMD patients identifies a distinct subgroup characterized by a high prevalence of erythroid dysplasia and a high proportion of ring sideroblasts, prolonged survival and reduced leukem...
Source: Clinical Lymphoma Myeloma and Leukemia - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
ConclusionThe present analysis identifies disparities in the initial management of older adults with FL owing to race and socioeconomic status. Future research should examine implications for subsequent treatment and health outcomes.
Source: Clinical Lymphoma Myeloma and Leukemia - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
ConclusionLncRNA MALAT1 expedited MM tumorigenesis, invasion, and glycolysis via miR-1271-5p/SOX13 axis. MALAT1 might contribute to the therapy of MM as a promising indicator.
Source: Journal of Cancer Research and Clinical Oncology - Category: Cancer & Oncology Source Type: research
This study describes the incidence and type of cardiac events (CE) experienced by autologous and allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplant patients over a five-year period at one institution. 9.8% of patients experienced a CE, and those that experienced a CE had an increased risk of death within one year (p
Source: Clinical Lymphoma, Myeloma and Leukemia - Category: Hematology Authors: Tags: Original Study Source Type: research
ConclusionssBCMA level is profoundly reduced in patients with severe PAD, including those with CVID and XLA and those with IgG levels of less than 600 mg/dL. sBCMA level measurement has potential to augment clinical evaluation of PAD. Prospective studies are needed to evaluate sBCMA for new PAD diagnosis and determine the necessity of IRT.
Source: The Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice - Category: Allergy & Immunology Source Type: research
More News: Blogging | Emergency Medicine | Myeloma | Orthopaedics | Study