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Monday 07, Nov 2011

  Treanda and steroids effective in Relapsed And Refractory Multiple Myeloma Patients

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Cancer drug Treanda, in combination with steroids like prednisone or dexamethasone, could be effective in elapsed and refractory multiple myeloma patients.

The finding was revealed by a recent French analysis and the researchers recommended that Treanda (bendamustine) be considered as a treatment option for patients with advanced multiple myeloma.

Data on side effects was not collected or reported as safety was not part of the analysis.

Thursday 29, Jul 2010

  Low doses of steroids can help myeloma patients

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Low doses of steroids can help myeloma patientsAccording to results of Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Phase III clinical trial E4A03 for multiple myeloma, patients with multiple myeloma can experience dramatically improved results when they are administered with a combination of lenalidomide and low-dose dexamethasone therapy when compared to a combination of lenalidomide plus high-dose dexamethasone.

This finding was reported by S. Vincent Rajkumar, M.D. at the American Society of Hematology‘s annual meeting.

Dr. Rajkumar, Mayo Clinic Cancer Center hematologist and lead investigator of the study, noted that it is surprising to know that side effects are increased and survival rate is reduced when high doses of steroids are administered.

Thursday 22, Jul 2010

  A combination of drugs may do the trick for multiple myeloma

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A combination of drugs may do the trick for multiple myelomaLenalidomide and Dexamethasone, two drugs when taken in a combination, can prove useful for providing significant relief to patients afflicted with multiple myeloma. This finding was disclosed by a study that was conducted at 44 centers in the United States and Canada and involved 353 patients with myeloma.

Progression of myeloma can be slowed down with the pairing of a new derivative of thalidomide with a steroid and this combination could prolong lives of patients who have relapsed from treatments in the past.

Lead author Donna Weber, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Lymphoma and Myeloma at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, remarked that this combination can do the trick particularly when the disease becomes immune to one therapy.

Tuesday 20, Jul 2010

  Steroid pills more than just useful for Multiple Myeloma patients

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Steroid pills more than just useful for Multiple Myeloma patientsPatients with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow, can experience significant relief and improved survival rate with steroid pills, as per researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Multiple myeloma is a severe health complication that takes lives of nearly 14,000 people on a yearly basis in the United States alone.

The use of prednisone in response to an upfront chemotherapy can be easily classified as a safe and effective treatment option for prolonging the lives of patients, according to James Berenson, M.D., lead author of the Southwest Oncology Group sponsored study and Director of the Multiple Myeloma and Bone Metastasis Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Tuesday 13, Jul 2010

  Combination of steroids effective against multiple myeloma

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Combination of steroids effective against multiple myelomaA combination of steroids, lenalidomide and dexamethasone, is effective against multiple myeloma that is considered to be one of the most dreaded forms of cancer. This finding was disclosed by a study involving 353 patients with myeloma that was conducted at 44 centers in the United States and Canada.

The study highlighted that pairing a new thalidomide derivative with a steroid could be more than useful for slowing down future progression of multiple myeloma.

Lead author Donna Weber, M.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Lymphoma and Myeloma at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, said that a combination of steroids can be useful for treating the disease, especially when the disease becomes resistant to one drug.

Tuesday 06, Jul 2010

  Steroid pills useful to improve survival among multiple myeloma patients

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Steroid pills useful to improve survival among multiple myeloma patientsTreatment involving steroid pills could be an effective option to enhance survival rate of patients afflicted with multiple myeloma, which is a cancer of the plasma cells in the region of bone marrow.

James Berenson, M.D., lead author of the Southwest Oncology Group sponsored study and Director of the Multiple Myeloma and Bone Metastasis Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, remarked that use of Prednisone in response to an upfront chemotherapy could be believed as a safe option of treatment in order to prolong lives.

This finding was disclosed by researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Tuesday 22, Jun 2010

  Drug combination effective to treat patients with multiple myeloma

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Drug combination effective to treat patients with multiple myelomaDuring a study conducted at 44 centers in the United States and Canada and involving 353 patients with myeloma, it was found that a combination of drugs lenalidomide and dexamethasone could be useful for treating patients.

It was found during the study that pairing a new derivative of thalidomide with a steroid could slow down the progress of multiple myeloma along with prolonging lives of patients who have earlier relapsed from past treatments.

It was remarked by lead author Donna Weber, M.D., associate professor in the Department of Lymphoma and Myeloma at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center that these combinational drugs are effective as the disease may become immune to one therapy.

Tuesday 20, Apr 2010

  Distinct survival benefit possible with low steroid doses

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Distinct survival benefit possible with low steroid dosesResults of Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Phase III clinical trial E4A03 for multiple myeloma show significantly improved overall survival with lenalidomide plus low-dose dexamethasone therapy compared to lenalidomide plus high-dose dexamethasone. This finding was reported by S. Vincent Rajkumar, M.D. at the American Society of Hematology’s annual meeting.

Presently, lenalidomide and high-dose dexamethasone, referred to as Rev/Dex, is prescribed as a second-line myeloma treatment.

Dr. Rajkumar said that the finding is a major advance for treating cancer besides offering a new direction to the researchers to explore that more is not necessarily better.

Wednesday 07, Apr 2010

  Steroid pills provide considerable relief to multiple myeloma patients

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Steroid pills provide considerable relief to multiple myeloma patientsTreatment of multiple myeloma, a dreadful type of cancer, with steroid pills is an effective form of treatment for improving the overall survival rate of patients, as per researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Multiple myeloma is a cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow that is believed to claim approximately 14,000 lives annually in the United States alone.

James Berenson, M.D., lead author of the Southwest Oncology Group sponsored study and Director of the Multiple Myeloma and Bone Metastasis Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, remarked that use of prednisone in response to an upfront chemotherapy can be classified as safe and effective for treating patients suffering from multiple myeloma.

Thursday 18, Mar 2010

  Steroid pills effective for Multiple Myeloma sufferers

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Steroid pills effective for Multiple Myeloma sufferersTreatment based on steroid pills may prove to be an effective option for improving the overall survival rate of patients with multiple myeloma, a cancer of the plasma cells in the bone marrow.

This finding was disclosed by researchers at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

The use of prednisone in response to an upfront chemotherapy can be considered as a safe treatment option to prolong the lives of multiple myeloma affected patients, as per James Berenson, M.D., lead author of the Southwest Oncology Group sponsored study and Director of the Multiple Myeloma and Bone Metastasis Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

The involved researchers said that remissions can be better maintained and patients can live for long when oral prednisone is administered in long-term after chemotherapy treatment.

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