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Can Your Myeloma Genetics Change Over Time?
Posted: Dec 16, 2021
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The myeloma you started with is not the same myeloma you have now! Your disease genetics change over time in a process called clonal evolution. Understanding this and knowing when to get genetic testing during your treatment cycles is crucial for effective treatment decisions. Watch the following HealthTree University videos to learn more about this important aspect of your disease. You can watch the entire course at

18.05    Can your myeloma genetics change over time? What is clonal evolution (clonal tides) and how does this impact the frequency of genetic testing?


18.06    What are the 2 types of clonal evolution- (linear and branching)? Is one considered more aggressive than the other?


18.07    When should myeloma genetic testing be done?


We’d like to thank our faculty who donated their time in creating these videos, including:

  • Brian Van Ness, PhD
  • Cesar Rodriguez Valdes, MD
  • Gareth Morgan, MD, PhD
  • Craig Emmitt Cole, MD
  • Jeffrey Zonder, MD
  • Leif Bergsagel, MD
  • Suzanne Lentzsch, MD, PhD

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We have over 300 HealthTree University videos online at! Learn the basics (and the not-so-basics) of myeloma from some of the top myeloma doctors in the world!


The author Cynthia Chmielewski

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Cynthia Chmielewski

Cynthia (Cindy) Chmielewski is a professional educator and myeloma advocate. As a former teacher, she now teaches myeloma patients how to advocate for themselves as the Director of HealthTree University. You can follow her on Twitter @myelomateacher

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