The Diagnostic Workup for Multiple Myeloma: Guidelines and Recommendations

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Release Date: May 31, 2018
Expiration Date: May 31, 2019

Expected time to complete this activity as designed: 30 minutes
There are no fees for participating in or receiving credit for this online activity.

Program Overview

Appropriate management of suspected and/or newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (MM) requires a full patient workup using guideline-based testing strategies and key laboratory tests. In this activity, Dr. Philip McCarthy outlines the important steps required for accurately diagnosing patients with suspected MM, and for using that information to develop effective, individualized treatment regimens.

Target Audience

This activity is designed for multidisciplinary healthcare providers in the community setting, including hematologists, oncologists, pharmacists and other allied healthcare professionals who provide care to patients with multiple myeloma.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this educational activity, participants should be able to:

  • Define guideline-based testing strategies for multiple myeloma diagnostic workup
  • Outline disease definitions in asymptomatic and symptomatic multiple myeloma
  • List myeloma-defining events (MDEs) and their impact on determining when to initiate treatment


The Diagnostic Workup for Multiple Myeloma: Guidelines and Recommendations – Philip L. McCarthy, MD

Instructions for Participation and Credit

This activity is eligible for credit through May 31, 2019. After this date, this activity will expire and no further credit will be awarded.

  1. Read the target audience, learning objectives, and faculty disclosures.
  2. You may be asked to complete a short pre-test before accessing the educational content. This must be completed in order to move forward in the activity.
  3. Complete the educational content as designed.
  4. Complete the post-test. To receive a certificate, you must receive a passing score of 70%.
  5. Complete the activity evaluation survey to provide feedback and information useful for future programming.
  6. Certificates for CME credit may be printed immediately after successfully completing the post-test and activity evaluation. Pharmacist credit will be uploaded to CPE Monitor 4 weeks following receipt of a completed, qualified form.

Faculty Biography

Philip L. McCarthy, MD
Professor of Oncology
Director, Blood and Marrow Transplant Program
Roswell Park Cancer Institute
Buffalo, New York

Dr. Philip McCarthy received his medical degree from Tufts University School of Medicine, Boston, Massachusetts. He completed an internship and residency at Yale-New Haven Hospital, and hematology and medical oncology fellowship training at Brigham and Women's Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute. Dr. McCarthy is Professor of Oncology and Director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Buffalo. He is also Professor of Internal Medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Dr. McCarthy is a diplomate, American Board of Internal Medicine, with subspecialty certification in medical oncology and hematology, and holds membership in the American Society of Hematology (ASH), American Society for Blood and Marrow Transplantation (ASBMT), American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), American Association of Blood Banking (AABB), and the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR). He is associate chair of the Myeloma Committee of the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology (ACTION) and a member of the Transplant Committee. He is an associate editor of the Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation journal, as well as an ad hoc reviewer for several journals including Blood, Bone Marrow Transplantation, Journal of Clinical Oncology, Haematologica, Leukemia and Lymphoma, and JNCCN. Dr. McCarthy has published more than 200 peer-reviewed manuscripts and reviews. His major research interests include blood and marrow transplantation, graft-versus-host disease/graft-versus-tumor effect, cancer immunotherapy, and multiple myeloma.


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Designation Statement: MediCom Worldwide, Inc. designates this enduring material for a maximum of 0.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Physicians should claim only the credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.
MediCom Worldwide, Inc. is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education as a provider of continuing pharmacy education. This activity is acceptable for 0.5 contact hours of Continuing Education Credit. Universal Activity Number: 827-0000-18-008-H01-P. Knowledge-based CPE activity.

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Faculty Disclosure

Dr. Philip McCarthy has received honoraria as a consultant from Bristol-Myers Squibb Company, Celgene Corporation, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Inc., Karyopharm Therapeutics, Sanofi, Takeda Oncology, and The Binding Site Ltd. He has received grant support related to research activities from Celgene.

Planning Committee Disclosures

The individuals listed below from MediCom Worldwide, Inc. reported the following for this activity: Kristin Burke, Project Manager, Keith D’Oria, Medical Writer, and Joan Meyer, RN, MHA, Executive Director, have no relevant financial relationships.

Peer Reviewer Disclosure

In accordance with MediCom Worldwide, Inc. policy, all content is reviewed by external independent peer reviewers for balance, objectivity and commercial bias. The peer reviewers have no relevant financial relationships to disclose.

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This activity is supported by educational grants from Amgen, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Celgene Corporation, and Takeda Oncology

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