IMBCR in The news

Healio Hematology & Oncology News: Interviewed Dr. Berenson on his perspective on Abstract 1 & Abstract 2.
Questions: Reaction to results — anything surprising? Most important take home message or clinical implication.

HemOnc today – Multiple Myeloma regimens significantly less effective in real-world treatment settings
PERSPECTIVE (read article) James R. Berenson, MD

A Phase 1 Trial: Evaluating the Addition of Lenalidomide to Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma Patients Progressing on Ruxolitinib and Methylprednisolone

The New York Times: What Scientists Know About the Risk of Breakthrough Covid Deaths – Article

CBS News: Myeloma may have made Colin Powell more vulnerable to dying of COVID-19 despite vaccination – Article

Scientific America: How Immunocompromised People Without Strong Vaccine Protection Are Coping with COVID – Article

VJ HEM/ONC! Dr Berenson Speaking on multiple myeloma and metastatic bone disease – Article

Myeloma Today: Responses to mRNA COVID-19 Vaccines in MM Patients – Article

BuzzFeed News: Colin Powell: The First Black Secretary Of State, Has Died Of COVID Complications – Article

VOAN NEWS: Mandates Give Rise to Booming Black Market for Fake Vaccine Cards – Article

Eat This, Not That!Article

TV Interviews

KTTV June 10, 2021

KNBC June 14, 2021

KCAL June 14, 2021

Interviews & Videos

HealthTree Foundation: has built many patient programs and over 8 integrated software platforms to help blood cancer patients learn more about their disease and better navigate their disease. Interviewed Dr. Berenson on phase 1 data and others. Outcomes of Triple Class Refractory Multiple Myeloma Patients | James Berenson, MD | ASH 2023

Medical Writing Bias in Myeloma Clinical Research | James Berenson, MD | ASH 2023

Assessing Lenalidomide with Patients Progressing on JAK Inhibitors | James Berenson, MD | ASH 2023

MedPage Today: Senior Oncology Editor, Charles Bankhead videotaped an interview with Dr. Berenson on the JAK inhibitor data being presented. Circulation: 1,838,691. LinkedIn: 4,929 followers. X Twitter6,101 Following. 77.4K Followers

Article: Can JAK Inhibition Help Overcome Lenalidomide Resistance in Myeloma?
Early-phase experience with ruxolitinib suggests potential role in relapsed/refractory disease

So, we've been working on this class of drugs [JAK inhibitors] now for about 5 or 6 years, both in our research laboratory and clinically. And we've uncovered a series of mechanisms that suggests that these drugs are going to be very active, probably not only in myeloma, which we've now shown, but in lots of other cancers as well. And what we've uncovered is that these drugs actually enhance the immune response to the cancer, also help overcome resistance by blunting down proteins that lead to resistance in other drugs in myeloma like Revlimid, or lenalidomide.

So, we began work in the clinic early on, like 5 years ago, by using these drugs to treat highly, heavily previously treated patients with myeloma. And those patients were then given lenalidomide, ruxolitinib, and a steroid called methylprednisolone.

And what we learned is we had very high responsesopens in a new tab or window; about half the patients responded to some degree. And in that process, we also learned those patients were resistant to the lenalidomide. So, the rux [ruxolitinib] helped overcome that. So, then we decided to do the next step, we used a drug without lenalidomide. Let's see if it works without it. And it did, and we published that workopens in a new tab or window. But in that process, we decided: can we resurrect responses by adding the lenalidomide back to people who fail ruxolitinib and methylprednisolone? These are all pills. They're well tolerated. And we did, and we got very long remissions with simply the use of these pills.

How does it actually work to stimulate the immune system? Well, believe it or not, it knocks out the checkpoint inhibitor proteins, just like those drugs that are on TV every night like pembro [pembrolizumab] (Keytruda), all those drugs. This does the same thing, but it's just a pill. And by knocking out the checkpoint inhibitor proteins, the immune responses are enhanced. And we've shown that T-cell responses indeed are enhanced, in the test tube anyway. When you put ruxolitinib on the myeloma bone marrow, boy, the killing is markedly enhanced with T-cell effects from the enhancement from rux. It's really good.

And so, this is now leading us to use these drugs with all sorts of other drugs that have been used effectively to treat myeloma. We're trying to start a series of new trials, and we're about to start one in the next few weeks with a drug that's been used for myeloma called selinexor [Xpovio]. And hopefully we'll be able to start that soon.

We also have been able to identify a predictor for whether you're going to respond or not. It's serum B-cell maturation antigen, which is becoming more and more widely used to monitor myeloma, but it also could be used to predict whether you're going to respond to treatments. And it looks like it does that in the face of ruxolitinib in myeloma. So, we're excited, the future looks bright for these drugs in myeloma.

Dr James Berenson Speaking on multiple myeloma and metastatic bone disease – Interviews

Dr James Berenson on LLM 2021 event page – Videos

First-Line Treatment Options & Side Effects – Click Here.

Episode 2 of 3 in Dinner with the Docs – Southern California

What Are the First-Line Treatment Options for Multiple Myeloma?

What are the first-line treatment options for a newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patient? What questions should you ask your doctor to determine the best course of care for your needs? Finally, what are some of the side effects patients may face?

In this video excerpt from our recent “Dinner with the Docs” program on living with multiple myeloma, host and patient advocate Jack Aiello is joined by Dr. James Berenson, MD, Founder and Principal of the Berenson Cancer Center and Dr. Alberto Bessudo, MD, FACP, Medical Oncologist at the Compassionate Oncology Medical Group to discuss everything you need to know about first-line treatments.

Watch the Episode Here

Drugs Used for Myeloma are Helping Fight COVID-19

Several anti-inflammatory drugs used to treat multiple myeloma are showing promising results treating Covid-19. Read More


Is there a proven diet that can keep smoldering myeloma from progressing? What about fasting and taking supplements? What do the experts recommend? Read More


Smoldering myeloma happens when changes in the blood are caught early in a blood test and is a precursor to multiple myeloma. What is it like living with smoldering myeloma and how aggressively should you be monitored and treated? Read More


New York—In a presentation at the 2019 Lymphoma & Myeloma congress, James R. Berenson, MD, Medical and Scientific Director, Institute for Myeloma and Bone Cancer Research, West Hollywood, California, spoke about the use of serum B-cell maturation antigen (sBCMA) to predict outcomes in patients with multiple myeloma (MM). Read More