New Survey Reveals the Majority of Myeloma Patients That Undergo Minimal Residual Disease (MRD) Testing Find a Clear Clinical or Emotional Benefit from Results
SEATTLE and SALT LAKE CITY, Nov. 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Adaptive Biotechnologies Corporation (Nasdaq: ADPT), a commercial stage biotechnology company that aims to translate the genetics of the adaptive immune system into clinical products to diagnose and treat disease, and HealthTree Foundation, a patient-driven, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that empowers patients at each step of their disease journey, today announced findings from a new survey of 635 U.S. multiple myeloma patients which revealed important insights about the value of minimal residual disease (MRD) testing from the patient’s perspective. Notably, 96% of respondents who self-reported having used MRD testing found the testing useful or very useful. However, though the patients who have had an MRD test saw a clear clinical and emotional benefit from using this tool, 53% of all survey participants reported not using the test or were unsure if they had the test, underscoring the need for more education.
“MRD testing can benefit both multiple myeloma patients and providers, not only enabling precise monitoring of disease burden, which can help guide patient management, but also allowing patients to feel informed and empowered in the face of a diagnosis that introduces overwhelming uncertainty into their lives,” said Susan Bobulsky, Senior Vice President, Diagnostics, Adaptive Biotechnologies. “We’re proud to work with HealthTree Foundation to assess and learn from real-world patient experiences with MRD testing, so that we can address the gaps that remain in patient and clinician education on this clinically relevant subject.”
MRD refers to the remaining number of cancer cells that are present in a patient’s body during and after treatment, which may eventually lead to recurrence of the disease. MRD testing can provide meaningful benefits to patients with multiple myeloma when used in clinical practice. MRD is a powerful and dynamic measure of risk status, providing real-time insights into disease progression and arming healthcare providers with data that can help them develop a personalized care plan for patients.
The survey, which was designed and fielded by HealthTree Foundation, sought to engage a large and representative sample of patients in order to better understand current awareness, knowledge and perceptions of MRD testing in the myeloma patient community. The survey results revealed:
The survey, which was supported by Adaptive, was conducted by HealthTree Foundation between September 28 - October 31, 2022. For more information about the uses and benefits of MRD testing, visit: https://healthtree.org/myeloma or clonoSEQ.com.
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