M. Hossein Kazemi, MD, medical oncologist and hematologist, Astera Cancer Care, discusses emerging tools to use to identify patients with multiple myeloma for de-escalating treatment.
M. Hossein Kazemi, MD, medical oncologist and hematologist, Astera Cancer Care, speaks about emerging tools in patient assessment for de-escalation treatment for individuals with multiple myeloma.
Are there emerging diagnostic tools for treatment de-escalation that are not widely used in practice yet that you’re expecting will help better identify patients?
It's still in research phase, in trial phase, but I'm eagerly looking forward to mass spectrometry, which can be done from peripheral blood that does not need bone marrow biopsy that makes [minimal residual disease] MRD assessment much, much easier. We can test for it more frequently, without putting the patient through the discomfort of bone marrow biopsy. Of course, it's not something that's FDA approved at this time, but I'm eagerly following the updates about that.