Treatment of Smoldering Multiple Myeloma: Expectant Observation Should Still Be the Standard.

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Summary of "Treatment of Smoldering Multiple Myeloma: Expectant Observation Should Still Be the Standard."

Recent clinical trials have addressed the notion of early treatment of smoldering multiple myeloma (SMM). The results evidence improvement in progression-free survival and, in one study, overall survival. Although the treatment of SMM can be considered under specific circumstances, we propose here that careful interpretation of the clinical trials and the patient-specific data are needed before recommending therapy. In particular, many questions remain regarding the best regimen to be used as well as how to adapt based on the underlying disease biology. Hematologists should have a very thorough understanding of models designed to predict the progression from SMM to multiple myeloma, because their correct interpretation is paramount to establish proper care. Although there is no doubt that treatment should be started before overt end-organ damage, we do not believe that the current data support the widespread treatment of all SMM.


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Name: American Society of Clinical Oncology educational book. American Society of Clinical Oncology. Annual Meeting
ISSN: 1548-8756
Pages: 1-7


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