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At the recent European Haematology Association (EHA) Annual Congress 2018, Myeloma Patients Europe (MPE) and Video Journal of Hematological Oncology (VJHemOnc), filmed an interview with Dr Michael Hudecek (University of Würzburg, Germany) on the Horizon2020 CARAMBA project.

MPE is collaborating with a consortium of European partners, including the University of Würzburg, on CARAMBA which is studying an innovative new treatment called chimeric antigen receptor T-cell (CAR-T) therapy in myeloma. In this video, Michael explains CAR-T cell therapy and the Horizon2020 CARAMBA project in more detail. Continue reading

The most important scientific meeting about haematological diseases in Europe, the European Haematology Association (EHA) Annual Meeting, took place in Stockholm from 14 to 17 June 2018. Immunotherapy, CAR-T cell therapy and drug combinations were some of the key topics presented. Continue reading

Myeloma Patients Europe will hold an online webinar to review the most recent myeloma findings presented at the annual meeting of the European Hematology Association (EHA) that took place in Stockholm, Sweden in June 2018.

The talk will be given by Dr Laurent Garderet, Department of Hematology, Saint Antoine Hospital, Paris, France. Continue reading

The Myeloma Patients Europe (MPE) team has been busy attending several important international conferences focusing on myeloma and AL amyloidosis.

Main conferences attended were the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Annual Meeting 2018 and the European Haematology Association (EHA) Annual Congress 2018. These large-scale meetings bring together oncology and haematology professionals from across the globe to discuss the latest scientific and treatment developments in the field. The scientific and patient advocacy highlights are outlined below.

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Prothena Corporation, a pharmaceutical company in neuroscience and orphan disease, has announced that it is discontinuing development of NEOD001, a drug being researched in clinical trials for the treatment of AL amyloidosis patients. The decision was taken because NEOD001 did not do as well as expected in its clinical development programme. Continue reading

Plitidepsin (Aplidin®), a new medicine for the treatment of relapsed and refractory myeloma, has today received a second negative recommendation from the Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP). This decision means that plitidepsin is very unlikely to made available to patients across Europe.

This upholds a previous negative recommendation from the CHMP, which was reviewed following an appeal by the pharmaceutical company Pharma Mar.

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Today marks the official launch of a new international project consortium, known as “CARAMBA”, which will research an innovative immunotherapy for the treatment of multiple myeloma, known as Chimeric Antigen Receptor T-cell therapy (CAR-T). Through strategic collaboration with a wide-range of stakeholders, the consortium aims to ensure the streamlined transition of CAR-T from the laboratory through to multiple myeloma patients in the clinic. Continue reading