Current projects

MY-PROMPT-2: More efficient delivery of high-cost standard-of-care therapies in relapsed multiple myeloma using real-time feedback of patient-reported outcome measures: the MY-PROMPT-2 trial

Treatment of multiple myeloma (MM) is now very complex and costly. However, survival benefits achieved with new therapies in clinical trials are not being seen in clinical practice, in part because many MM patients stop therapy early, often due to side-effects. We hypothesise that if treating clinicians are made aware of emerging patient symptoms, thus informing timely intervention, duration on therapy can be optimised, enhancing treatment effectiveness and making more efficient use of these high-cost therapies. Routine use of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs), including feedback to treating clinicians, has been shown to improve outcomes in non-haematological cancer populations, but has not been evaluated in MM care.

The study

We showed in the pilot MY-PROMPT randomised controlled trial, that real-time feedback of patient-reported outcome measures (PROMs) in MM is feasible and acceptable to patients and clinicians. The  MY-PROMPT-2 trial will build on this experience by testing whether real-time feedback of PROMs to clinicians improves event-free survival (time from randomisation to permanent discontinuation of treatment regimen) in patients with relapsed MM receiving PBS-funded standard of care (SoC), compared to SoC alone.

EpiMAP Myeloma: Epidemiological Modelling to deliver better care for Australian Patients with Myeloma

The true incidence and prevalence of multiple myeloma (MM) in Australia remains unknown, a reflection of the complex nature of the disease and its associated diagnostic challenges. The treatment pathway for MM is highly complex and there is a host of emerging therapeutics which will continue to escalate treatment complexity and costs, and clinical trials are rarely generalisable to the broader MM population.

EpiMAP Myeloma will address a critical knowledge gap in MM, as the current prevalence and future incidence of MM in Australia is unknown. This project will also build Australian capacity in epidemiological modelling in blood cancers, establishing methods that will be applied to other cancers, such as lymphoma, for which accurate patient estimates are also required in order to plan for and evaluate the impact of new, high-cost therapies.

The study

EpiMAP Myeloma is funded by the MRFF Preventive and Public Health - Targeted Health System and Community Organisation Research Grant. The project will develop a novel patient-level simulation model through linking the Myeloma and Related Diseases Registry (MRDR) dataset to the Commonwealth administrative data. The model will estimate patients in Australia with multiple myeloma (MM) who will require treatment over the next five years, the disease trajectories, outcomes and their associated quality of life and costs. The model will be available for use in Commonwealth decision making for future funding of high-cost therapies for MM.

IMPROVE: Immunoglobulins in Myeloma Patients: Research into Outcomes, Variation in practice, and Epidemiology

Patients with multiple myeloma (MM) are at risk of infection because of low levels of protective antibodies, and immunoglobulin (Ig) therapy is used to replace missing antibodies to prevent or treat infections in MM. Ig therapy is expensive (more than $60 million dollars annually in MM) and blood cancers are the most common indication for its use in Australia, with increasing demand. 

There is substantial variation in Ig use in MM across Australia and the reason is unclear. Using the MRDR, this project will collect current ‘real world’ Australian clinical and laboratory information on Ig use to monitor practice, costs, and outcomes; to plan and deliver care; and to guide policy and clinical practice. We will also collect samples to store and test in future studies.

This study will also provide a new and lower cost framework for conducting future large clinical trials of Ig therapy in MM and similar conditions in Australia.

Health-related quality of life at diagnosis in multiple myeloma: EQ-5D-5L results from the Myeloma and Related Diseases Registry and comparison with an Australian population norm

Researcher(s)

Dr Elizabeth Moore, Research Fellow, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University

Progress

To be worked up for publication

Analysis of recognition, timing, treatment and outcomes in MM patients with biochemical relapse

Researcher(s)

Dr Georgia McCaughan, A/Prof Hang Quach and Dr Matthew Ku, Consultant haematologists, St Vincent's Hospital, Melbourne

Progress

Agreement from 6 sites to participate. Has lead ethics approval. Obtaining governance approval at sites.

Outcomes for melphlan / Velcade-based ASCT in high risk myeloma.

Researcher(s)

Dr David Routledge, Consultant Haematologist, Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre, Melbourne

Progress

Identifying groups to compare

Investigating C-terminal telopeptide 1 (CTX-1) as a marker of high risk for progressing to active MM in smouldering MM (SMM) patients.

Researcher(s)

Dr Kate Vandyke, Research Fellow, University of Adelaide

Progress

M1000 Biobank request - samples and clinical data provided.

Comparison of characteristics and outcomes of patients diagnosed with MM by traditional CRAB criteria versus "newer" biomarkers of malignancy (and high risk SMM using 20/20/20 criteria)

Researcher(s)

Prof Joy Ho, Clinical Professor and Senior staff specialist, Haematology, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, Sydney

Progress

Analysis complete, writing draft manuscript: finalising changes for publication.

Outcomes for patients with early progression or sub-optimal response in multiple myeloma in Australia and New Zealand

Researcher(s)

Prof Andrew Spencer, Head of Malignant Haematology & Stem Cell Transplantation Service, Alfred Health

Progress

Oral presentation at ASH 2019, Orlando, USA. Presented at National Myeloma Workshop 2020 - submitted for publication.

Regional outcomes in multiple myeloma in Australia

Researcher(s)

Dr Louise Imlay, Lismore Hospital, NSW - Consultant Haematologist

Progress

Preliminary analysis done, waiting for data to mature.

Case-control study to establish the role of tandem auto-allo-SCT in transplant-eligible patients in relapsed / refractory MM

Researcher(s)

Aditya Tedjaseputra, Consultant haematologist, Alfred Hospital

Progress

Groups identified. Analysing the data

Outcomes of patients with multiple cytogenetic abnormalities at diagnosis

Researcher(s)

Dr Habib Sadiqi (Registrar) and Dr Brad Augustson (Consultant Haematologist), Sir Charles Gairdner Hospital

Progress

Analysis complete - presented at the National Myeloma Workshop 2020. For publication.

Infection prophylaxis and infection outcomes in patients with myeloma

Researcher(s)

Dr Khai Li Chai, PhD student and Consultant Haematologist, Northern Health

Progress

In preparation

Impact of daratumumab on real-world outcomes in multiple myeloma (MM)

Researcher(s)

Dr Sueh-li Lim, Prof Andrew Spencer, Consultant Haematologists, Alfred Hospital

Progress

Data is maturing

Evaluation of zoledronic acid use in myeloma patients with renal impairment.

Researcher(s)

John Coutsouvelis- senior clinical pharmacist at the Alfred Hospital

Progress

Poster for internal Monash student event. Data is being reviewed for further possibilities. 

Outcomes of relapsed myeloma in NZ: treatment, attrition rate and outcomes for 2nd and later line therapy compared to Australia, and differences between ethnic groups in NZ.

Researcher(s)

Henry Chan- Haematologist at North Shore Hospital, New Zealand

Progress

Proposal approved by MRDR SC. Provided overview of data in this area. Abstract accepted for a poster at ASH 2022.

VCD vs VRD vs VTD as induction therapy for newly diagnosed MM pts. Real world experience in a retrospective Australian and Asia-Pacific analysis

Researcher(s)

Justin Ng- Haematology trainee at the Alfred Hospital.

Progress

Proposal approved by MRDR SC. Abstract submitted for IMW 2022 and Blood 2022.

Real world outcomes according to the Revised (2) International Staging System (R2ISS)

Researcher(s)

Joanne Tan- Alfred Hospital

Progress

Proposal approved by MRDR SC. Abstract submitted for IMW 2022 and Blood 2022.