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Can I Take a Break From My Myeloma Therapy?

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Published on August 18, 2016

In this Ask the Expert segment, Dr. Gareth Morgan of UAMS Myeloma Institute answers a question from Patient Power viewer, Rick, about taking a break from treatment. Rick would like to temporarily stop treatment with Kyprolis (carfilzomib) and wants to know if this will reduce the effectiveness of the medication. Dr. Morgan's response is directed toward patient quality of life.

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Andrew Schorr:

Okay.  Dr. Morgan, here's a question we got from Rick, and he says, “I'm taking carfilzomib, Kyprolis, on a three?week month IV.  The treatment runs me down, and I'm wondering if I were to take a month break, for instance, would that cause the drug to be less effective when treatment is restarted?”  He wants to take a little vacation if he can. 

Dr. Morgan:

I get it.  It's kind of—it's a really important question as well.  During—when the disease is active you clearly need to keep on—on it.  When people hit a remission, and they're on it for a longer period, then you need to think about their quality of life, and so there are numerous ways of dealing with that, including taking a three-week break.  

 

Effectively, it's the duration of treatment that you're on rather than the dose intensity that counts, so for long?term treatment you have to think about the patient's quality of life, adjust the dose, adjust the time between doses, make their quality of life good because if you don't, they're not going to stay on it for the required period of time, and then they'll start to relapse.  So, of course, it's good to take a three?week break. 

You don't want to take too many, but clearly Rick's a smart guy, He's asking the right questions, and his quality of life can be managed, and he should feel good about doing that. 

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you. 

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