Disparities in myeloma: Closing the gap

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Published: 20 Sep 2021
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Prof Joseph Mikhael - Translational Genomics Research Institute, Pheonix, USA

Prof Joseph Mikhael speaks to ecancer in an online interview for the IMW 2021 Nursing Symposium meeting about disparities in myeloma.

He explains that the aim of this talk was to raise greater awareness around disparities in myeloma diagnosis and treatment in more vulnerable populations, focusing on the African-American population where myeloma is twice as common and yet has an inferior survival outcome - around half - than that of Caucasian-American patients due to lack of access to treatment options.

Prof Mikhael gives a call to action to his colleagues to help close the gap and offers suggestions on how this can be achieved. He also closes by noting that this issue is not specific to the USA and that this is a global problem.

ecancer's filming has been kindly supported by Amgen through the ecancer Global Foundation. ecancer is editorially independent and there is no influence over content.