What is multiple myeloma?
Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer that affects plasma cells, a type of white blood cell, in the bone marrow. It is one of the most common types of blood cancers.
What is the Asia-Pacific Myeloma and Related Diseases Registry?
The Asia-Pacific Myeloma and Related Diseases Registry (APAC MRDR) is a clinical quality registry that collects health information on patients diagnosed with multiple myeloma or a related condition such as plasmacytoma, plasma cell leukaemia or monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) in the Asia Pacific.
The APAC MRDR was established in 2018 by Monash University and representatives from member countries with support from Janssen-Cilag. It is a sister registry to the Australian and New Zealand Myeloma and Related Diseases Registry (ANZ MRDR) which was established in 2012. Both the APAC MRDR and the ANZ MRDR are managed by Monash University’s School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, through the Transfusion Research Unit.
The APAC MRDR aims to provide health care services and researchers an important resource for investigating the best possible treatment options for people with these conditions. The Registry will tell us about:
- The usefulness and results of available treatments over time
- The variety of care provided and how this compares to best practice internationally
The Registry will form a network of clinical experts from the Asia Pacific with a special interest in myeloma and its related diseases.
Why do we need this Registry?
Recent reports have shown that the number of new multiple myeloma cases is increasing in Asian countries, including Korea and Taiwan. The number of people living with myeloma is also expected to grow due to an aging population and better treatment options. Although treatment for myeloma is improving, it is a complex disease and there is still a lot unknown, including how to use available treatments in the most effective way.