Dr. Muzaffar Qazilbash, MD MD Anderson Cancer Center Interview Date: February 25, 2016
Immunotherapies are the "next big thing" in multiple myeloma care but it may be too early to have them replace effective treatments like autologous stem cell transplant, iMiDs and proteasome inhibitors. Dr. Muzaffar Qazilbash, MD of MD Anderson Cancer Center shares how the new treatments will be added to current therapies to make outcomes even better for patients with this aggressive cancer. Using the new tools available can potentially offer longer remission times to standard therapy without adding extra toxicity. Dr. Qazilbash shares his most recent study to use a personalized vaccine together with a T Cell treatment and stem cell transplant. The vaccine is personalized based on a patient's own type of myeloma. Additionally, the patient's T cells are removed, grown and expanded in the lab. Following a normal autologous stem cell transplant, the vaccine is administered and the expanded T Cells are given back. This is just one way in which the new immunotherapy approaches can boost the impact of tried and true treatments.
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Mazaffar Qazilbash, MD, is Director of Myeloma Transplantation and Cellular Therapy and Professor in the Department of Stem Cell Transplantation in the Division of Cancer Medicine at the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. His primary research interests are stem cell transplantation for myeloma, cancer vaccines, and immunotherapy. Dr. Qazilbash served a fellowship in hematology and oncology at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute in Bethesda, MD after residencies at the University of Connecticut and Wright State University in Dayton, OH. He earned his medical degree at the University of Karachi, Pakistan.
Myeloma survivor, patient advocate, wife, mom of 6. Believer that patients can help accelerate a cure by weighing in and participating in clinical research. Founder of the HealthTree Foundation.
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