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ASCO 2019 | What are the disparities in multiple myeloma care?

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Siddhartha Ganguly, University of Kansas Cancer Center, Kansas City, US, discusses how treatment varies for patients with multiple myeloma depending on socioeconomic and racial/ethnic factors. This talk during ASCO 2019 touched on three main areas; disparities in rural America, global disparities, and racial disparities. Siddhartha Ganguly highlighted that racial factors, as well as rural postcodes, led to a lower access and utilization of novel agents and stem cell transplant and there is a need to improve access and delivery. He concluded that since patient outcomes and responses are the same, when these factors are removed, it is access that is the issue. Siddhartha Ganguly also thanked ASCO for raising this important topic.