From Miguel Islas-Ohlmayer, MD, Medical Oncologist, Hematologist, and Transplant Specialist at OHC

March 20, 2019


Miguel Islas-Ohlmayer, MD, Medical Oncologist, Hematologist, and Transplant Specialist at OHC

At OHC, our blood and marrow transplant specialists are bringing significant advancements for the treatment of multiple myeloma.

With the approval of new drugs that target the disease much more precisely, OHC offers these drugs for patients whose multiple myeloma has returned or hasn’t responded to other treatments. Daratumumab (Darzalex) and Elotuzumab (Empliciti) are two new drugs that help the body’s immune system destroy multiple myeloma cells. Ixazomib (Ninlaro) interferes with the cancer cells’ ability to grow and thrive inside your body. And the best part is that it’s a pill taken once a week at home.

In a ground-breaking move, OHC introduced adults in the region who have specific blood cancers to the newest, most exciting advancement in the treatment of cancer: chimeric antigen receptor T-cell therapy (CAR-T). It’s currently approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory large B-cell lymphoma, and is only available at OHC. Based on results from two early trials, CAR-T has the potential to be effective in patients with multiple myeloma. If CAR-T continues to demonstrate positive results and receives FDA approval, it could be available at OHC for patients with multiple myeloma as early as next year.

Another game-changing treatment is the blood and marrow transplant. It revolutionized the treatment of multiple myeloma because it replaces a person’s damaged stem cells with healthy ones. OHC doctors were instrumental in bringing this life-saving treatment to area residents, and continue to monitor new techniques that could eliminate the use of chemotherapy with transplants to improve efficacy and safety, and provide patients with a better quality of life.

OHC has always been aggressive when it comes to the care of our patients, and that includes those with multiple myeloma. With the latest treatments, we’re providing longer survival rates and an improved quality of life. And we continue our relentless search for new treatments, so that someday – hopefully in the near future – we can bid farewell to this disease.

For more information about multiple myeloma, please visit this page on plasma cell neoplasms. You can also call us at 1-800-710-4674 for information or if you’d like a second opinion.

Sources: OHC, WebMD

Comments (2)

2 responses to “OHC Strengthens the Attack Against Multiple Myeloma”

  1. Mary Bang says:

    Hello Dr. Islas….I am so glad progress is being made in relation to AML. I am assuming this is what my Henry had. I surely wish this treatment was available when Henry was suffering from this horrible disease! And I am sorry that he passed away in Lake Placid, FL. I think if he was in the care of OHC, he perhaps could have lived a bit longer! Thank you for all you did for husband….I miss him so much! Mary Bang

    • OHC says:

      Dear Mary,

      We are so sorry to hear of the passing of your husband, Henry. We can’t imagine the loss you must be feeling. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. It was a privilege to care for Henry and we’re glad to know that we made a difference for you both. Please let us know if there is anything else we can do for you.


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