The IMF’s research arm, the International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG), published an important new study on the assessment of elderly myeloma patients in the journal Blood. In the paper, the IMWG introduces a scoring system developed to classify the frailty of elderly patients. The international study, which analyzed data from more than 850 newly diagnosed patients, found that the IMWG frailty score predicted mortality and the risk of toxicity in elderly myeloma patients. The frailty score could be a helpful tool in better assessing patients and providing them with more suitable therapies.
Antonio Palumbo, Sara Bringhen, Maria-Victoria Mateos, Alessandra Larocca, Thierry Facon, Shaji K. Kumar, Massimo Offidani, Philip McCarthy, Andrea Evangelista, Sagar Lonial, Sonja Zweegman, Pellegrino Musto, Evangelos Terpos, Andrew Belch, Roman Hajek, Heinz Ludwig, A. Keith Stewart, Philippe Moreau, Kenneth Anderson, Herman Einsele, Brian G.M. Durie, Meletios A. Dimopoulos, Ola Landgren, Jesus F. San Miguel, Paul Richardson, Pieter Sonneveld, and S. Vincent Rajkumar