The Latest Myeloma News from the American Society of Hematology Meeting

Andrew Schorr:

Hello, and thank you for joining us for another in our series of live web casts about multiple myeloma. I'm Andrew Schorr broadcasting live from Seattle, but I just got back as our guests have too from, I would say, a very exciting week in Atlanta. The temperature was great, and the temperature was high inside the Georgia World Congress Center as myeloma was very much on center stage.

There were five phase-III trials about multiple myeloma. There were poster sessions. There were over 21,000 scientists and physicians from around the world there, and many of them were focused on multiple myeloma. Maybe you saw, just even the other day, on the NBC Nightly News they focused on multiple myeloma and the story of a younger patient with multiple myeloma, and maybe that's why some of you are with us today.

So, we have the past programs we have done, and please look at those on under the special edition section, and two of those programs were with our guests today, and then we're going to add someone new. So, we have three expert physicians in multiple myeloma. We're going to get to as many questions as we can, but we want to explain the data that was presented in those studies and the relevant importance of each one. Could they mean longer survival? Could they mean time when maybe you don't need to take medicine? Could they mean changes in the medicines you take? If you're headed for a transplant, could there be different medicines to make that transplant more successful and maybe alleviate the need for a second transplant that some people have had? We're going to go through all that.

Let me tell you who some of our honored guests are today. We have with us again Dr. Brian Durie from Cedars-Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center in Los Angeles, but beyond that Dr. Durie is the chairman of the board of the International Myeloma Foundation and its medical director. Brian, you and I have done programs over the years, and I know you're also I think co-chair of the myeloma group within the Southwestern Oncology clinical trials study group. Thank you so much for being with us again Brian.

Dr. Durie:

My pleasure to be with you again, Andrew.

Andrew Schorr:

Okay, and also across town there in Los Angeles is another myeloma expert who has been with us previously on Patient Power, and that's Dr. James Berenson. He is the Founder, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research, and Jim, thank you for being with us again.

Dr. Berenson:

Thank you for having me this morning or afternoon, depending on where you are.

Andrew Schorr:

Where you are, that's right. Joining us shortly, if he's not with us yet, is we're going to go back to Atlanta and one of the doctors who didn't have to get on a plane is Dr. Sagar Lonial, and Dr. Lonial is at the Winship Comprehensive Cancer Center at Emory University. He is an assistant professor there, and he is Director of Translational Research B-Cell Malignancy Programs, and he certainly treats a lot of multiple myeloma and when appropriate helps people with transplant. So, lot's to talk about.

Dr. Durie, you got that title as Chairman, so we're probably going to start with you.

We will take some calls after we talk to the doctor, and you can e-mail our producers behind the scenes at One other point, I know right off the bat we will not get to everyone's questions today. We're going to cover what's important, so if we don't get to the area that you think we need to discuss, we will welcome your questions either now or in the next few days, and we're going to do a follow-up Q&A. Not a live webcast, but I'm going to interview him and record it with Dr. Tom Heffner, who's also from the Winship Comprehensive Cancer Center at Emory University in Atlanta, and then we'll post that a week from today. So, there's a lot going on, ample access to myeloma experts.

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