Treatments for MPNs

Thalidomide and Me by Landon Y. Jones

Note: Below is a first person account by an MPN patient of his experience with a clinical trial. This is not meant as an endorsement of the drug, company or institution involved. If you would like to share your story of being on a clinical trial please send an email to info@mpnresearchfoundation.org [...]

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MPN Community Joined by Legislators in Speaking up on Medicare's Plan for Myelofibrosis

For the past several months we've kept you informed and taking action on Medicare's pending decision of whether to provide coverage for people with myelofibrosis seeking a stem cell transplant. Currently there is no official ruling from Medicare on whether this treatment is covered, leaving many patients to risk paying out of pocket (running potentially several hundred thousand dollars) or scrambling to find alternative ways to cover it.  [...]

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Nature Medicine: Drug Stops Reproduction of Cancer Cells in Myelofibrosis

According to a paper published in Nature Medicine, the drug MLN8237 (or Alisertib) has reduced tumor cells, blood counts and fibrosis in mouse models of myelofibrosis. Reports John Crispino, PhD, "This new paper shows that Alisertib has an anti-tumor effect in samples of myelofibrosis, similar to what we saw in megakaryocytic leukemia." 
John Crispino is also the Scientific Advisor for the MPN Research Foundation. [...]

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Take Action Now-Medicare is About to Set Standards for Myelofibrosis Related Stem Cell Transplants

On October 29, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule allowing Medicare coverage for stem cell transplants in approved clinical trials for Myelofibrosis (MF) patients. Unfortunately, some of the requirements in the proposed rule would actually decrease access to stem cell transplants. View the proposed decision memo by CMS. [...]

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Is This the Beginning of Gene-Editing Medicine?

Does the smiling face of Layla Richards mark a new era in genetic medicine that could change all our lives? [...]

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Notes From CR&T MPN Symposium

There were many interesting sections from today's meeting. Bill Crowley from the MPN Research Foundation was on the ground at the event and shared some highlights: [...]

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Update on Medicare Coverage Decision for Stem Cell Transplant in Myelofibrosis

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Coverage and Analysis Group released a proposed decision memo Thursday on modifications to the National Coverage Determination for allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant. CMS has proposed to expand coverage through Coverage with Evidence Development (CED) for allogeneic HCT to include myelofibrosis, multiple myeloma and sickle cell disease. [...]

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MPN Clinical Trial Highlights for Summer 2015

If you have MF, PV or ET but don’t need medication now, you may think that clinical trials don’t matter to you. But that could change, at which point you may want to review your options. Thankfully, over the past years the interest in developing treatments for people living with these rare, chronic blood cancers has exploded. Here are some clinical trials we’re keeping our eye on: [...]

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MPNs Made News at ASCO This Year

The American Society of Clinical Oncology has its big meeting each year in Chicago in early June. In the past solid tumor cancers have received the most attention, saving blood cancer announcements for the American Society of Hematology meeting where the focus is more narrow. This year, however, was different, with big news coming from Baxter/CTIBiopharma on their Pacritinib data. Dr. Ruben Mesa presented at a press conference on progress for this drug, which is intended for people with myelofibrosis who have low platelet counts. [...]

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Help Fix Medicare's Gap of Coverage for Myelofibrosis Patients Seeking a Stem Cell Transplant

I just submitted my first public comment ever to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the body that governs what is covered by Medicare and Medicaid. By the time you finish reading this I hope you'll decide to follow suit.  [...]

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MPN Support Group Leader-Jean Diesch

Why did you become a Support Group Leader?
I became a Support Group Leader for a variety of reasons. The core reason is that I love to help people. When I was diagnosed, it was difficult finding information, whether it be medical professionals treating the disease with the latest treatments, learn what the latest research is or talking to someone that simply understood my experiences. When presented with the opportunity to start a Support Group, I had no other choice. It gave me a purpose. I retooled my skills that I developed from my work experience to focus on helping others. [...]

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Research Fuels Progress Against Cancer

Research continues to be our best defense against cancer. It improves survival and quality of life for millions of people by spurring the development of new and better ways to prevent, detect, diagnose, treat, and, increasingly, cure some of the more than 200 diseases we call cancer. [...]

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FDA Issues Verbal Hold for Geron's Imetelstat Application

Geron has been given verbal notification from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) that its application for imetelstat has been placed on full clinical hold, affecting all ongoing company-sponsored clinical trials. A full clinical hold is an order that the FDA issues to a trial sponsor to suspend an ongoing clinical trial or delay a proposed trial. [...]

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Crafting the MPN Environment

The World Orphan Drug Congress recently put out an independent study of the most researched rare diseases. We were shocked to see that the MPNs (MPDs on the list) ranked No. 10 of 25.  [...]

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Clinical Trials News for PV and ET Patients

Last week two companies reported news on their clinical trials for myeloproliferative neoplasms: [...]

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New MPN Quarterly Journal Launched by MPN Forum

Recently the MPN Forum launched a new quarterly journal focused on scientific medical advances. The idea behind the MPN Forum Quarterly Journal (MQJ) is to provide hematologists and scientists a professional forum to talk with other physicians and interested patients in plain English about diagnosis and treatment of myeloproliferative neoplasms. [...]

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MF Challenge Grants for 2013 Announced

Today I got to do one of my favorite tasks: call grantees to let them know they have been awarded funds for their research. For the second consecutive year, the MPN Research Foundation and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society have collaborated to review and award research projects proposing new ideas of how to stop or reverse fibrosis. Winners of these one year concept grants focusing on fibrosis and myelofibrosis are: [...]

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Chicago MPN Roundtable Publishes First Article

We've mentioned before about our low-cost, high-quality project titled the MPN Chicago Roundtable. Basically, it is a group of clinicians and researchers representing some of the great Chicagoland hospitals who gather around the MPN Research Foundation conference table to discuss what they're working on individually and what they can do jointly to accelerate and improve treatment options for people living with PV, ET, and MF.  [...]

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Spotlight on New Investigators

MPD Foundation's staff and board are constantly revisiting what it means to fund research that produces results.  We look at the various ways the work we fund affects patients - from available treatments to increasing their understanding of the scientific underpinnings of their disorder.  [...]

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Whirlwind of Activity

Wow - is it mid-November already?!  It must be, since we finished hosting our final MPD patient symposium of the year and are starting to think about wrapping up 2010.  We've also finished our review of the grant applications we received for the RFP issued this May.  I say "we", but what I really mean is the panel of experts we bring in to assist us in evaluating proposals on their scientific merit.   [...]

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Challenge Grants

Requests for proposals (RFP) for MPD Foundation's 2010 Challenge Grant program left the office in May, making their way into the hands of researchers actively involved with or thinking about getting into the world of myeloproliferative disorders. MPD Foundation grant programs have gone through several incarnations that illustrate how our priorities have changed as we learn more. [...]

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Introducing the MPN Foundation's Official Blog

The MPD Foundation is a decade old this year. We are currently waiting for proposals to arrive for the 2011 grant cycle and are looking forward to continuing to hold patient-education symposia, the first of which was held in May 2010. We continue to distribute MPD brochures to doctors and patients around the world and keep up to date with scientific discoveries pertinent to MPDs. [...]

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