How effective are the treatments for Waldenström macroglobulinemia?

Updated: May 29, 2020
  • Author: Karen Seiter, MD; Chief Editor: Emmanuel C Besa, MD  more...
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A study by Kastritis et al found that despite the evolution of treatment to include nucleoside analogues and other novel agents, no significant improvement in the outcome of patients with Waldenström macroglobulinemia has been noted since the late 20th century. [19]

In contrast, a study by Castillo et al that was based on the Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results database found that relative survival rates were higher in patients diagnosed with Waldenström macroglobulinemia during 2001-2010 than those diagnosed during 1980-2000: 5-year relative survival rates were 78% versus 67%, respectively, and 10-year relative survival rates were 66% versus 49%, respectively. Relative survival improved in whites and other races, but not in blacks. [20]


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