Umbrella Organization of European Waldenström patient supportgroups and patients


Buske, Leblond: How to manage Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia, 2013

Professor C. Buske, Comprehensive Cancer Center Ulm, Institute of Experimental Cancer Research, University Hospital Ulm Germany
Dr.V. Leblond, Department of Hematology, Hôpital Pitié-Salpêtrière APHP France

Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia (WM) is very distinct from other indolent lymphoma subtypes: by definition it is accompanied by a monoclonal IgM gammopathy; it presents always with bone marrow infiltration and often with clinical symptoms such as neuropathy or hyperviscosity. These disease characteristics and the frequently advanced age of the WM patient pose a major challenge to the treating clinician even today. Recently, there has been not only substantial progress in our understanding of the biology of WM, but we have also significantly improved our tools to prognostify and to treat patients with this disease. This review summarizes our current knowledge about WM and aims at offering a guideline for the clinical management of patients with this lymphoma subtype, covering questions on how to manage diagnosis, prognostification and treatment based on the most recent data.
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