What to do for Patients Who Delay Stem Cell Transplant
Release Date: January 30, 2014
Expiration Date: January 30, 2015
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The goal of treatment for active, symptomatic myeloma is to achieve a rapid, deep, and durable remission with improved performance status. The approaches used should not hinder future treatment options for the patient. In those who can tolerate it, high-dose melphalan and autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT), often followed by maintenance therapy, has been a standard strategy to achieve these goals, but it is a choice, not a necessity. The goal of any treatment plan is to provide the longest and best quality of life with the minimum burden of therapy. For some patients who may be qualified for high-dose chemotherapy with stem cell transplant support, the burden of therapy for this approach may be too great for the patient at the time therapy would normally be provided.
This activity is designed for physicians, pharmacists, physician assistants, and other health care professionals who have an interest in enhancing their clinical skills in the management of patients with multiple myeloma.
Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:
- Outline the rationale for high-dose treatment with ASCT support as part of primary therapy
- Identify current controversies and clinically unanswered questions regarding early vs delayed (salvage) ASCT
What to do for Patients Who Delay Stem Cell Transplant – Sergio Giralt, MD
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Sergio A. Giralt, MD
Chief, Attending Physician
Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Service
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York
Dr. Sergio Giralt received his medical degree from Universidad Central de Venezuela and completed his postgraduate internship at the University Hospital of Caracas. He also completed an internal medicine residency at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, and a postdoctoral fellowship in hematology and oncology at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Giralt is currently professor of medicine at Weill Cornell College of Medicine and the chief of the Adult Bone Marrow Transplant Service in the Division of Hematologic Oncology at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York City.
Board certified in internal medicine, hematology, and medical oncology, Dr. Giralt holds memberships in several professional societies, including the American College of Physicians, American Society of Clinical Oncology, American Society of Hematology, and the North American Society of Blood and Bone Marrow Transplantation, among others. He is a highly sought speaker, lecturer, and presenter who has published hundreds of research articles and abstracts in peer-reviewed literature. Additionally, he is an editorial reviewer for several journals including Blood, Bone Marrow Transplantation, Clinical Cancer Research, Journal of Clinical Oncology, and The Oncologist.
Dr. Giralt’s research focus is on stem cell transplantation for patients with blood disorders and improving treatments for older patients who have acute and chronic leukemia. The development of these less intense and less toxic regimens has changed the standard of care for older patients throughout the world.
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Dr. Sergio Giralt has received honoraria related to formal advisory activities and as a consultant from Bioline, Celgene Corporation, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Miltenyi Biotec, Novartis AG, Onyx, Seattle Genetics, Inc., and Spectrum Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He has received grant support related to research activities from Celgene and Onyx.
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