Current treatment approaches for mutiple myeloma focus on improving progression-free and overall survival. Although five-year survival rates have increased significantly over the past ten years, the prognosis of the disease is generally poor. The availability of several promising new therapies offers clinicians treatment options to further improve response rates, especially through the development of new combination regimens.
When ASCO decision-makers decided to revise the manner in whichthey disseminate eagerly anticipated clinical research data, the news made headlines and reverberations that were felt throughout the worlds of oncology research, practice, finance, and investment.
The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), Philadelphia,is considered the worldÃ¢ï¿½ï¿½s oldest and largest oncology-related scientific organization. Currently celebrating its centennial, the AACR recently held its 100th annual meeting at the San Diego Convention Center from April 12Ã¢ï¿½ï¿½16, 2008. The following sectionsprovide a general overview of breaking news and session highlights from the conference.