New Treatment Options in Multiple Myeloma
The optimal management of smoldering multiple myeloma (SMM) remains a controversial topic in treatment of myeloma. To optimize patient outcomes, oncology nurses need to understand the risks and benefits of early intervention for SMM based on risk stratification and the importance of enrolling patients in clinical trials, examining early intervention and evaluating options for best therapy.
For patients with active MM, the key to maximizing outcomes for patients lies in careful choice of treatment regimens along with early recognition and management of treatment and disease-related side effects. Oncology nurses should understand the evolving therapeutic options available and the side effects related to those treatments as well as the current guidelines in the context of the patient's previous therapy and disease history to navigate the various options available.
MRD is an evolving marker for disease remission and treatment outcome in MM; this is still being developed and implemented to find the optimal place in therapy. Oncology nurses should be aware of the uses and potential benefits of MRD in MM therapy and the treatment course of MM patients.
This program is designed to meet the educational needs of hematology/oncology nurses and nurse practitioners who manage patients with hematologic malignancies.
Following this activity, participants should be able to:
- Describe indications for treatment of smoldering myeloma.
- Provide examples of new treatment options, toxicity profiles, and management in multiple myeloma.
- Discuss the role of minimum residual disease (MRD) in the monitoring of multiple myeloma.
Yi Lisa Hwa, APRN, CNP, DNP
Mayo Clinic Cancer Center
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Faculty presentations may include discussion of off-label use. Faculty will disclose that the use in question is not currently approved by the FDA per the product labeling or marketing.
The faculty listed below have the following relevant financial relationships with ineligible companies to disclose. All of the relevant financial relationships listed for these individuals have been mitigated.
Yi Lisa Hwa, APRN, CNP, DNP
Akcea Therapeutics, Inc.: Honoraria
sanofi-aventis U.S.: Honoraria
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None of the planners for this educational activity have relevant financial relationships to disclose with ineligible companies whose primary business is producing, marketing, selling, re-selling, or distributing healthcare products used by or on patients.
In support of improving patient care, National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) is jointly accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME), the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education (ACPE), and the American Nurses Credentialing Center (ANCC), to provide continuing education for the healthcare team.
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- 0.75 ANCC contact hours
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