Myeloma Crowd Invites Patients to Join Study Investigating Link Between Psoriasis and Myeloma

Myeloma Crowd Invites Patients to Join Study Investigating Link Between Psoriasis and Myeloma

The Myeloma Crowd is inviting multiple myeloma patients with psoriasis to join a new study to uncover possible correlations between the two disorders.

Study participation is through Myeloma Crowd’s HealthTree platform, where more than 4,500 myeloma patients are currently registered. Launched last fall, the free digital tool helps multiple myeloma patients to find the best therapies for them while advancing research toward a potential cure.

Studies have indicated that multiple myeloma growth and bone damage can happen through interleukin-17 (IL-17) pathway activity. IL-17 is a pro-inflammatory cytokine, or signaling molecule, that is also a treatment target in psoriasis, an autoimmune disease of the skin. Several anti-IL-17 monoclonal antibodies have been approved in the United States as psoriasis treatments. There could also be other applicable cytokines and targets.

While scientists at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have investigated the use of anti-IL-17 psoriasis medications in mouse models of multiple myeloma — which showed a significant reduction in tumor growth and bone damage — more research is needed to understand the connections between psoriasis and multiple myeloma.

Multiple myeloma patients who have psoriasis are encouraged to join Myeloma Crowd’s study by establishing a HealthTree patient profile here. Participants should add their psoriasis diagnosis to their profiles and can join the study by clicking on the “Accelerate Myeloma Research” tile and selecting “yes” on the psoriasis survey question.

“This study demonstrates the importance of HealthTree as a tool for patients to connect with opportunities that could help them directly and accelerate a cure,” Jenny Ahlstrom, Myeloma Crowd co-founder and a myeloma patient, said in a news release. “HealthTree has been designed as a model for curing disease by leveraging the crowd, starting with myeloma with the intent of expanding to other cancers and beyond.”

The patient-driven Myeloma Crowd is a division of the patient-driven CrowdCare Foundation, which provides patient education, advocacy, and research funding for multiple myeloma.

Through HealthTree, patients can track their body’s response to different treatments while getting relevant information about available therapeutics to help find the best one for them. Patients can also find clinical trials related to their disease stage, and contribute their data for anonymous sharing with the research and patient community.

Mary M. Chapman began her professional career at United Press International, running both print and broadcast desks. She then became a Michigan correspondent for what is now Bloomberg BNA, where she mainly covered the automotive industry plus legal, tax and regulatory issues. A member of the Automotive Press Association and one of a relatively small number of women on the car beat, Chapman has discussed the automotive industry multiple times of National Public Radio, and in 2014 was selected as an honorary judge at the prestigious Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance. She has written for numerous national outlets including Time, People, Al-Jazeera America, Fortune, Daily Beast, MSN.com, Newsweek, The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. The winner of the Society of Professional Journalists award for outstanding reporting, Chapman has had dozens of articles in The New York Times, including two on the coveted front page. She has completed a manuscript about centenarian car enthusiast Margaret Dunning, titled “Belle of the Concours.”
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Mary M. Chapman began her professional career at United Press International, running both print and broadcast desks. She then became a Michigan correspondent for what is now Bloomberg BNA, where she mainly covered the automotive industry plus legal, tax and regulatory issues. A member of the Automotive Press Association and one of a relatively small number of women on the car beat, Chapman has discussed the automotive industry multiple times of National Public Radio, and in 2014 was selected as an honorary judge at the prestigious Cobble Beach Concours d’Elegance. She has written for numerous national outlets including Time, People, Al-Jazeera America, Fortune, Daily Beast, MSN.com, Newsweek, The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. The winner of the Society of Professional Journalists award for outstanding reporting, Chapman has had dozens of articles in The New York Times, including two on the coveted front page. She has completed a manuscript about centenarian car enthusiast Margaret Dunning, titled “Belle of the Concours.”
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Mary M. Chapman began her professional career at United Press International, running both print and broadcast desks. She then became a Michigan correspondent for what is now Bloomberg BNA, where she mainly covered the automotive industry plus legal, tax and regulatory issues. A member of the Automotive Press Association and one of a relatively small number of women on the car beat, Chapman has discussed the automotive industry multiple times of National Public Radio, and in 2014 was selected as an honorary judge at the prestigious Cobble Beach Concours d'Elegance. She has written for numerous national outlets including Time, People, Al-Jazeera America, Fortune, Daily Beast, MSN.com, Newsweek, The Detroit News and Detroit Free Press. The winner of the Society of Professional Journalists award for outstanding reporting, Chapman has had dozens of articles in The New York Times, including two on the coveted front page. She has completed a manuscript about centenarian car enthusiast Margaret Dunning, titled "Belle of the Concours."

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