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Treatment of multiple myeloma with high-risk cytogenetics: a consensus of the International Myeloma Working Group

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The International Myeloma Working Group consensus updates the definition for high-risk (HR) multiple myeloma based on cytogenetics Several cytogenetic abnormalities such as t(4;14), del(17/17p), t(14;16), t(14;20), nonhyperdiploidy, and gain(1q) were identified that confer poor prognosis. The prognosis of patients showing these abnormalities may vary with the choice of therapy. Treatment strategies have shown promise for HR cytogenetic diseases, such as proteasome inhibition in combination with lenalidomide/pomalidomide, double autologous stem cell transplant plus bortezomib, or combination of immunotherapy with lenalidomide or pomalidomide. Careful analysis of cytogenetic subgroups in trials comparing different treatments remains an important goal. Cross-trial comparisons may provide insight into the effect of new drugs in patients with cytogenetic […]

Combining Fluorescent In Situ Hybridization (iFISH) data with ISS staging improves risk assessment in myeloma: an International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) collaborative project

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The combination of serum b2-microglobulin and albumin levels has been shown to be highly prognostic in myeloma as the International Staging System (ISS). The aim of this study was to assess the independent contributions of ISS stage and cytogenetic abnormalities in predicting outcomes. A retrospective analysis of international studies looking at both ISS and cytogenetic abnormalities was performed in order to assess the potential role of combining ISS stage and cytogenetics to predict survival. This international effort used the International Myeloma Working Group database of 12 137 patients treated worldwide for myeloma at diagnosis, of whom 2309 had cytogenetic studies and 5387 had analyses by fluorescent in situ hybridization (iFISH). […]

Confirmation of the utility of the International Staging System and identification of a unique pattern of disease in Brazilian patients with multiple myeloma

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Multiple myeloma (MM) is one of the most frequent hematologic malignancies, and its incidence varies worldwide. Except for occasional case series or correlative biological studies, little is known about the incidence and clinical features of MM in Latin America. In Brazil, national estimates for the incidence of MM are currently unavailable. Sixteen Brazilian institutions provided information on patients diagnosed with MM between 1998 and 2004. The investigators included all patients whose charts were available. All patients were undergoing care at these institutions. The diagnosis was based on the new criteria,1 and/or standard clinical, laboratory and radiographical features, as well as on bone marrow findings compatible with MM. Since the majority […]

International Staging System for Multiple Myeloma

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Purpose There is a need for a simple, reliable staging system for multiple myeloma that can be applied internationally for patient classification and stratification. Patients and Methods Clinical  and  laboratory  data  were  gathered  on  10,750  previously  untreated  symptomatic myeloma patients from 17 institutions, including sites in North America, Europe, and Asia. Potential prognostic factors were evaluated by univariate and multivariate techniques. Three modeling approaches were then explored to develop a staging system including two nontree and one tree survival assessment methodologies. Results Serum beta2-microglobulin (SB2M), serum albumin, platelet count, serum creatinine, and age emerged as powerful predictors of survival and were then used in the tree analysis approach. A combination […]