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Myeloma Expert Stresses Significance of Appropriate Diagnostic Work-up

Gina Columbus @ginacolumbusonc
Published: Friday, Jul 28, 2017

Dr Reed Friend

Reed Friend, MD
Appropriately diagnosing a patient with multiple myeloma is a key point in their potential treatment, which has been further characterized by the revision of the International Myeloma Working Group criteria for the diagnosis of myeloma.

on Multiple Myeloma.  

OncLive: You spoke on diagnosis and prognosis of multiple myeloma. What were the highlights of your presentation?

Friend: In terms of the diagnosis and prognosis of multiple myeloma, the biggest thing is making sure that local providers and physicians who see patients with suspected myeloma are appropriately working them up. A lot of patients can be missed in terms of diagnosis if you are not ordering the right tests. In terms of work-up, the most common things people forget to order are the serum-free light chains and the urine studies. With imaging surveys, some people miss [myeloma].
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