Sports Anchor And Multiple Myeloma Patient Rod Gilmore Joins Amgen's Myeloma MVP™ Team
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"When I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, I felt overwhelmed," said Gilmore. "Through conversations with my healthcare team, I quickly realized I needed a game plan to help manage this disease, and this has made all the difference in helping me and my family cope. I want other patients and their families to be able to create a personal plan that is right for them, which is why I've teamed up with Amgen Oncology on the Myeloma MVP program."
Multiple myeloma is a blood cancer of the plasma cells, a type of white blood cell which originates in the bone marrow.1,2 Unlike some cancers, multiple myeloma is characterized by cycles of remission and relapse over several years.1 It's a complex disease that requires planning and a team effort to navigate both in the short-term and over the long-term.3
Studies have shown it's increasingly important for cancer patients to participate in decision-making with their doctors.4 Because of its complexity, patients with multiple myeloma face unique communication challenges.5 As part of Myeloma MVP, Amgen Oncology is working to develop tools and resources to facilitate dialogue and better collaboration towards shared goals.
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As part of the program, Amgen Oncology continues to work with the multiple myeloma patient research and advocacy community, including the
"Because of the extraordinary achievements in multiple myeloma research, there are now more treatment options and patients are living longer than ever before," said
The Myeloma MVP guide is available at MyelomaExplained.com and includes a tool that helps patients:
- map out their goals and preferences for managing the disease,
- identify important questions to ask their doctor,
- and create a personal plan for managing their multiple myeloma.
In addition to the guide, patients can also visit MyelomaExplained.com to find educational information on multiple myeloma.
"We are committed to helping those living with multiple myeloma feel empowered, heard and supported," said I-Fen Chang, executive medical director of Global Oncology at
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About Multiple Myeloma
Multiple myeloma is an incurable blood cancer, characterized by a recurring pattern of remission and relapse.1 Worldwide, approximately 160,000 people are diagnosed with multiple myeloma each year, and 106,000 patient deaths are reported on an annual basis.6 In the U.S. approximately 130,000 people are living with the disease, and there are an estimated 13,000 deaths each year.7 This year in the U.S. more than 30,000 people will be diagnosed with multiple myeloma.7 The disease typically affects people 65+ and is slightly more common among men than women.7,8 African Americans are more than twice as likely to be diagnosed with multiple myeloma as white Americans.8
About Amgen Oncology
Amgen Oncology is searching for and finding answers to incredibly complex questions that will advance care and improve lives for cancer patients and their families. Our research drives us to understand the disease in the context of the patient's life – not just their cancer journey – so they can take control of their lives.
For the last four decades, we have been dedicated to discovering the firsts that matter in oncology and to finding ways to reduce the burden of cancer. Building on our heritage,
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- Jakubowiak A. Management strategies for relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma: current clinical perspectives. Semin in Hematol. 2012, 49 (Suppl 1): S16-S32.
American Cancer Society. About Multiple Myeloma. Available at: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/multiple-myeloma/about.html. Accessed on October 2, 2019. Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. What is Multiple Myeloma? Available at: https://themmrf.org/multiple-myeloma/what-is-multiple-myeloma/. Accessed on October 9, 2019.
- Covvey, Jordan R., et al. Barriers and Facilitators to Share Decision-Making in Oncology: a Systematic Review of the Literature. Supportive Care in Cancer. 2019, 27(9), 1613-1637.
- LeBlanc, T. W., et al. Review of the Patient-Centered Communication Landscape in Multiple Myeloma and Other Hematologic Malignancies. Patient
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October 2, 2019. National Cancer Institute. Myeloma Cancer Stat Facts. Available at: www.seer.cancer.gov/statfacts/html/mulmy.html. Accessed on October 2, 2019. American Cancer Society. Risk Factors for Multiple Myeloma. Available at: https://www.cancer.org/cancer/multiple-myeloma/causes-risks-prevention/risk-factors.html. Accessed on October 2, 2019.