Key clinical point:
Major finding: Factors significantly associated with no systemic treatment included older age (adjusted odds ratio, 1.07 per year), African American descent (aOR, 1.26), and dual Medicare-Medicaid enrollment (aOR, 1.21).
Study details: A retrospective cohort analysis including data on 3,814 patients with active multiple myeloma in the Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results–Medicare database from 2007 to 2011.
Disclosures: The research was supported by the National Cancer Institute. The investigators reported having no financial disclosures.
Source: Fakhri B et al. Clin Lymphoma Myeloma Leuk. Mar 2018;18(3):219-24.
Fakhri B et al. Clin Lymphoma Myeloma Leuk. Mar 2018;18(3):219-24.
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