Amrita Y. Krishnan, MD, FACP
Director, Multiple Myeloma Program
Department of Hematology/HCT
City of Hope National Medical Center
Presentation and Discussion
Myo Htut, MD
Department of Hematology/HCT
City of Hope National Medical Center
Release date: July 31, 2010
Expiration date: July 30, 2011
Estimated time to complete activity: 1.0 hour
This program has been designed for hematologists, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, internists, and other medical professionals who treat patients with multiple myeloma.
Recent National Cancer Institute reports estimate that 1,437,180 men and women (745,180 men and 692,000 women) were diagnosed and 565,650 men and women died of cancer in 2008. Based on rates from 2003-2005, 40.35% of men and women born today will be diagnosed with cancer at some time during their lifetime (1 in 2 men and women). Cancer accounts for nearly one-quarter of deaths in the United States, exceeded only by heart disease. Despite a continuing decline in the cancer death rate from 2004 to 2005, the recorded number of cancer deaths increased by 3,592 in men and 1,832 in women, resulting in a total increase of 5,424 cancer deaths.
The survival rates for all cancers combined and for certain site-specific cancers have improved significantly since the 1970s, due in part, to both earlier detection and advances in treatment. Recognizing that patient quality of life and survival are significantly improved when these cancers are detected early and treated appropriately, there is a need for physicians to remain current on advances in the diagnosis and treatment of these malignancies.
Our multimedia education initiative has been designed by experts in the field of oncology, and will address the educational needs of those physicians and oncology specialists who diagnose and treat patients with cancer. Controversies in key areas will be examined, and the latest advances and changes in treatment paradigms will be profiled and discussed.
Because of the ongoing changes in cancer treatment, this activity incorporates within three modules the multimedia education initiatives from the NCCN Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology™, one of the most comprehensive and frequently updated clinical practice guidelines covering 97% of all patients with cancer. In addition, treatment guidelines by American Society of Clinical Oncology, and American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists have been incorporated.
Given the frequency of the occurrence of the various types of cancers, and the complexities in their diagnosis, treatment, and patient outcomes, there is a need for medical, radiation, and surgical oncologists, medical hematologists, oncology/hematology fellows, and oncology nurses to engage in in-depth discussion and review of the emerging data that underlie optimal management paradigms in 2009 to ensure the best care practices for patients.
Multiple Myeloma accounts for 1-2% of all cancers. Though sensitive to radiation and systemic therapies multiple myeloma does at present remain incurable. Ongoing clinical trials continue to evaluate novel treatment strategies in an effort to improve outcomes in patients with multiple myeloma. Since the treatment of multiple myeloma is complex and evolving a continuous reexamination of treatment approaches is necessary to improve outcome. This activity has been designed to meet this need.
At the conclusion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
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