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Patient advocates, patients and caregivers have heard a lot about CAR-T cell treatment and its potential in myeloma. However, there are still a lot of questions about its benefits, its challenges and its role in treating myeloma.

With the aim of providing an overview of CAR-T cell treatment in myeloma, healthcare professional expectations and an introduction to some of the advantages and challenges for patients and in bringing it to market, Myeloma Patients Europe (MPE) will hold a webinar on Thursday 9 May from 18:00 to 19:00 CET. Continue reading

Shortages of essential cancer medicines have a direct impact on patient care across Europe. To ensure that this issue remains a top priority on the EU policy agenda, the European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) collaborated with the European Parliament to organise a cross-partisan event entitled “Shortages of Inexpensive, Essential Medicines: Calling for Tangible Political Commitments in the EU”, according to a press release sent by ESMO today. Continue reading

The European Hematology Association (EHA) and European Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (EBMT) held the first European CAR T Cell Meeting together in Paris on February 14-16, 2019.

Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell therapy (CAR-T) is revolutionizing the field of hematologic malignancies and has the potential to achieve cure for a number of dreadful diseases. The recent approvals of the first CAR T Cell treatments in Europe provide a great opportunity to fight hematologic malignancies, but also poses serious challenges given the peculiar nature of the treatment. Continue reading

Myeloma Patients Europe (MPE) is participating in the Horizon 2020 project, MMPredict, aimed at developing a personalised medicine tool to predict the most effective treatment strategy for individual myeloma patients.

The MMpredict consortium has reached a new milestone in this project by completing the recruitment of the patient samples required in this project. With more than 800 myeloma samples recruited, the project team meets its aimed target population. The current efforts will now be focused on completing the genetic analysis of the obtained study material. During this stage, tumour heterogeneity (i.e. the differences between people’s myeloma) and the patient’s intrinsic characteristics will be investigated. Continue reading

Second cohort of the ADP trainees during ESMO 2018.

Patient input into medical research is becoming increasingly important. The MPE Advocate Development Programme aims to help myeloma and AL amyloidosis advocates understand the research and development process of drugs, from the preclinical stages through to post-marketing surveillance and national access. Topics include clinical trial design, regulation, pricing and health technology assessment (HTA). The programme combines a series of theoretical sessions delivered by experts with practical sessions that take place during the most important myeloma scientific meetings in Europe such as the European Haematology Association (EHA) Annual Meeting or the European Society of Medical Oncology (ESMO) Annual Meeting. Continue reading

Myeloma Patients Europe (MPE) is participating in the Horizon 2020 project, MMPredict, aimed to develop a personalised medicine tool to predict the most effective treatment strategy for individual myeloma patients. To explain the main goals of MMPredict, MPE filmed a video with some partners working in the project consortium. Now this video, recorded in English, has been translated into four additional languages: German, Spanish, Dutch and Italian. Continue reading