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October 11, 2012

October 11, 2012
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Research Update: MGUS Is Not Always Trouble Free
A recent paper in the journal Blood from the Mayo myeloma group draws attention to the fact that some patients with MGUS—Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance—can  have renal damage from the M-component, and even complete renal failure in some instances. They propose a new name for this subtype of patient: MGRS – Monoclonal Gammopathy of Renal Significance.  This is certainly helpful and draws attention to a whole range of clinical problems that can emerge from the effects of the M-component in serum and/or urine produced in MGUS patients. READ MORE

Cancellation of November’s FDA Advisory Committee for Pomalidomide: Bad News or Good?
The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cancelled the planned November advisory committee (ODAC) meeting for Celgene's pomalidomide application. Brian G.M. Durie, MD, Chairman and Co-founder of the IMF, considers what the cancellation might mean for patients. READ MORE

‘Tom and Jerry’ Duo Brings Sense of Humor and Purpose to Advocating for Cancer Drug Parity
A big thank you to this month’s Advocate of the Month, Tom Glass, for his enthusiasm and energy from the beginning to the end of helping his legislator in Virginia recognize the importance of cancer drug parity legislation! “I saw this as an opportunity to do something of value that I could feel good about,” said Tom, who worked alongside Jerry Walton, leader of the Southeastern Virginia Multiple Myeloma Support Group, to meet with Rep. Rigell. Hence the nickname of this dynamic duo! READ MORE

Weighing Bedside Manner vs. Scientific Expertise When Selecting a Doctor
Blogger Pat Killingsworth writes that blind trust in the guidance of any physician can become problematic for a multiple myeloma patient, especially if the physician isn’t a specialist. “And even then, a second opinion is almost always a good idea whenever we find ourselves facing an important therapy crossroad.” READ MORE
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