Day 3 ASH: It’s a Wrap!!

Jack Aiello |

Today is effectively the final day of ASH but it was still full of information, and to be honest, I’m a bit brain-fried. However, the day was broken up with the opportunity to meet with several Pharma companies: Takeda (Velcade, Ninlaro), who discussed their new Patient Advocacy Liaisons (Oncology Nurses) who will offer presentations to […]

Waist Deep in BiTES

Valarie Traynham |

At last year’s ASH meetings, I learned a tremendous amount about BiTES (bispecific T-cell engagers). I referenced it as getting my feet wet. This year I can say that I not only got my feet wet but was submerged waist deep in emerging Duo Body Bispecific antibodies (BsAbs). Bispecific antibodies, like CAR-T cell therapy are […]

Complicated Is A Good Thing

Linda Huguelet |

After finishing two full days of watching abstracts and education sessions about multiple myeloma at the American Society of Hematology Conference (ASH), my head is spinning from the number of new combinations, therapies, and therapy targets. All of this is excellent news for us, but this makes treatment decisions much more complicated. This diagram presented by Dr. […]

The Prom Queen

John DeFlice |

“Bispecifics are the prom queens of ASH”—Tom Martin, M.D. Attending the virtual iteration of ASH has been a unique experience, in that I’ve had the opportunity to see many of the leading international myeloma experts all from the comfort of own home. One of the silver linings of a virtual symposium is that I have […]

Continuing to “Take A Bite” Out of Myeloma 2020  

Michael Tuohy |

Last year, in one of my ASH19 blogs, I wrote about  bi-specific T cell engager (BiTE) therapy. BiTEs excite me the most of the newer therapies in clinical trials. They harness the power of the immune system and are off-the-shelf, unlike CAR T where your T cells are harvested, then re-engineered, then given back to you […]

Day 1 ASH: It’s All About Immunotherapy

Jack Aiello |

Dec 5, 2020 Today I actually began watching ASH (American Society of Hematology) President Dr. Stephanie Lee interview Dr. Fauci. I appreciated that one of the questions she asked was “Should cancer patients with compromised immune systems get the vaccine?” He said that he understands that cancer patients may actually be getting immunosuppressants, and the […]

It’s All About the Antibodies!

Cynthia Chmielewski |

The antibodies are front and center during the 2020 American Society of Hematology’s Annual Meeting.  I thought this would be a good time to review the mechanism of action (how they work) of each type of antibody. The first antibodies to make it to the myeloma scene were the monoclonal antibodies. (mAbs) Monoclonal antibodies in […]

A New Virtual Experience

Valarie Traynham |

I entered 2020 with plans that involved me stepping outside of my comfort zone. Some of my goals were to try new things, to get out more to enjoy enriching experiences, and to have some fun along the way. I am happy to say that many of my goals have come to fruition. I could […]

The End of 2020…..PLEASE!!

Jim Omel |

What a year we have endured! 2020 will be one of the darkest years in history for the USA ,similar to the turmoil and strife of 1968, an unforgettable year those of us old enough to remember it. Actually, our comparator for “worst year” must go back further than 1968; however, to a time none of […]