Is multiple myeloma survival affected by blood type? HealthTree for Multiple Myeloma studied this question by drawing conclusions from the self-reported HealthTree Cure Hub database which included 1,173 individuals. The selected patients had validated profiles of their medical records including labs, genetics and prior lines of therapy. Patients not reporting a blood type were excluded from the study.
|Blood Type||Average days to next treatment|
|O blood type||2027 days|
|A blood type||1762 days|
|AB blood type||1882 days|
|B blood type||1747 days|
There was not statistical significance in average survival time (p-value = 0.138).
We also investigated whether or not patients in certain ABO blood groups are more inclined to have high-risk mutations. We categorized patients as high risk and standard risk-based on guidelines defined by Mayo Clinic’s mSMART guidelines. We found that there was no statistical significance (p-value = 0.797) and concluded that patients are equally likely to be considered high risk for all ABO blood groups.
Further work should be performed to identify why O blood type is related to longer remission times.
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