Incorporating MRD Testing into Standard Practice: Are We There Yet?

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Release Date: August 27, 2018
Expiration Date: August 27, 2019

Expected time to complete this activity as designed: 30 minutes
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Program Overview

With modern therapy, many patients with multiple myeloma are achieving a complete response, but some will still experience a relapse after treatment, in part because of the presence of minimal residual disease (MRD). Molecular remission of MRD is a goal of therapy because it may potentially improve patient outcomes, but it is important to balance the need for achieving MRD negativity with the short- and long-term side effects of therapy. Several different methods are available to monitor MRD. In this activity, Dr. Faith Davies discusses the role of MRD in patients with multiple myeloma and compares current methodologies used to measure MRD. She also outlines the clinical applicability of incorporating MRD testing into routine clinical practice.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for multidisciplinary healthcare providers in the community setting, including hematologists, oncologists, pharmacists and other allied healthcare professionals who provide care to patients with multiple myeloma.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Describe the importance of monitoring minimal residual disease (MRD) in patients with multiple myeloma
  • Compare and contrast current methodologies used to measure MRD
  • Outline the clinical applicability and goal of MRD testing in clinical practice


Incorporating MRD Testing into Standard Practice: Are We There Yet? – Faith Davies, MD, MBBCh, MRCP, FRCPath

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is eligible for credit through August 27, 2019. After this date, this activity will expire and no further credit will be awarded.

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Faculty Biography

Faith Davies, MD, MBBCh, MRCP, FRCPath
Professor of Medicine
Medical Director, Myeloma Institute
University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Little Rock, Arkansas

Dr. Faith Davies earned her medical degree from the University of Wales College of Medicine and completed her general medical training and hematology specialty training in the United Kingdom. She then held positions with the Institute of Cancer Research and the Royal Marsden Hospital, both in London, prior to moving to the USA. Dr. Davies is a Professor of Medicine and Deputy Director of the Myeloma Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Little Rock, Arkansas.

Dr. Davies is a member of the American Society of Hematology, the American Association for Cancer Research, the Royal College of Physicians (UK), and the Royal College of Pathologists (UK). She is widely published in The New England Journal of Medicine, Blood, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Leukemia, and The Lancet Oncology, among others. Her clinical research focuses on the treatment of multiple myeloma, particularly the investigation of new drugs and genetic technologies to improve patient outcomes. Her laboratory work is aimed at identifying biologically based therapeutic targets in myeloma that are amenable to small-molecule interventions and translating those laboratory findings into the clinical arena to provide individualized treatment.


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Faculty Disclosure

Dr. Faith Davies has received honoraria as a consultant from AbbVie Inc., Amgen Inc., Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celgene Corporation, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Takeda Oncology.

Planning Committee Disclosures

The individuals listed below from MediCom Worldwide, Inc. reported the following for this activity: Kristin Burke, Project Manager, Keith D’Oria, Medical Writer, and Joan Meyer, RN, MHA, Executive Director, have no relevant financial relationships.

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This activity is supported by educational grants from Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene Corporation, and Takeda Oncology

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