Dr. Jens Hillengass

Roswell Park Expert Offers Insights on Multiple Myeloma at Prominent Healthcare Conferences

  • NCCN presentation to focus on diagnosis, staging of this blood cancer
  • Recent talk for Society of Hematologic Oncology focused on bone disease
  • Dr. Hillengass helps shape guidelines for care of patients with the disease

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center’s Chief of Myeloma, Jens Hillengass, MD, is slated to speak at the National Comprehensive Cancer Network (NCCN) 2020 Virtual Congress on Hematologic Malignancies, happening October 9 and 10.

Dr. Hillengass, a member of the NCCN’s Guidelines Panel for Multiple Myeloma, will present on “Evolving Concepts in the Diagnosis and Staging of Multiple Myeloma” on Saturday, October 10.

“Recently, new diagnostic criteria have been introduced to define treatment-necessitating myeloma, or myeloma that is advanced enough or serious enough to require some therapeutic intervention,” explains Dr. Hillengass. “My talk will focus on the reasons supporting these new recommendations, which have led to earlier treatment for many patients with multiple myeloma.”

Multiple myeloma is the second most common type of blood cancer, occurring when plasma cells — a type of white blood cell — multiply out of control. Abnormal plasma cells, called myeloma cells, collect mostly in bone marrow and can cause bones to weaken.

In September, Dr. Hillengass presented at the Society of Hematologic Oncology (SOHO) Eighth Annual Meeting. He discussed the effects of bone disease in myeloma and how best to diagnose, treat, repair and prevent this potentially debilitation condition commonly experienced by people with this cancer type.

Dr. Hillengass has been with Roswell Park since 2018. He was previously Deputy Chief of the Section of Multiple Myeloma at the University of Heidelberg in Germany.


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