• Saturday, 23 February 2019

New Study to Focus on Unique Needs of Acute Myeloid Leukemia Patients

WASHINGTON: The Cancer Support Community (CSC), a global nonprofit, is launching a unique research study focused on individuals diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML), a cancer of the blood and bone marrow which accounts for approximately 19,520 new cases of cancer each year (American Cancer Society, 2018).

AML is a serious diagnosis and patients require immediate and intensive treatment. Because of the acute nature of the disease, there is much to be learned about the patient and caregiver experience with AML, said Linda House, president of the Cancer Support Community, whose Philadelphia-based Research and Training Institute will oversee the study. This new study gives us the opportunity to learn more from patients about the full spectrum of their experience and allows us to address their concerns through our support services, educational materials, and by informing public policy.

The Cancer Experience Registry: AML will explore the patient experience on several different topics, such as, their physical functioning, social life, work, stress, financial impact, treatment decision-making, and more. After completing the survey, participants will be connected to support and resources that meet their unique needs and have the option to receive additional information from CSC and its partners.

The Cancer Experience Registry: AML was created thanks to support from inaugural sponsors, Astellas Pharma Inc. and Jazz Pharmaceuticals. First launched in 2013, The Cancer Experience Registry has captured important information about the physical, social, and emotional health from more than 13,000 patients, survivors, and caregivers. The Cancer Experience Registry: AML is the 11th in a series of specialty registries hosted by CSC.

We are proud to work with CSC to create an important resource to help AML patients and their loved ones navigate the physical and emotional challenges of this rapidly progressing and life-threatening blood cancer, said Steven Benner, M.D., senior vice president and global therapeutic area head, Oncology Development, Astellas. By generating actionable data to inform programming and scientific discourse, we believe this registry may help contribute to creating a brighter future for AML patients.

At Jazz, our passion for addressing patients' unmet needs drives our day-to-day activities and fuels our commitment to raising awareness about conditions like AML, said Allen Yang, M.D., Ph.D., vice president and acting chief medical officer of Jazz Pharmaceuticals. We are pleased to support this ground-breaking hematology initiative and we thank the patients and caregivers for their willingness to share their experiences with AML.


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