Former UAMS Physician, Renowned for Introducing Benchmark Chemotherapy, Returning to Myeloma Center

By Linda Haymes

“We are thrilled to have Dr. Tricot rejoin our team,” said Frits van Rhee, M.D., Ph.D., clinical director of the Myeloma Center. “His vast expertise and experience with cutting-edge research will be invaluable to us,” he said. “He will absolutely help us in furthering the innovative treatment we have offered here for the past three decades.”

When Tricot, a hematologist originally from Belgium, was first at UAMS, he was intimately involved in developing and pioneering the Total Therapy Approach to myeloma involving induction chemotherapy, stem cell transplantation consolidation, and maintenance. This treatment method has been adopted worldwide and has been responsible, together with the introduction of novel drugs, for the greatly improved median survival rate for myeloma exceeds 10 years, with some patients achieving cure.

“When I left UAMS in 2007, the program here was the largest myeloma program in the world,” Tricot said. “Many of us worked hard to build the myeloma program here into something unique.”

Tricot received his medical and doctoral degrees at the University of Leuven in Belgium and later served on the faculties of the Division of Hematology/Department of Medicine at University of Leuven, and the Department of Medicine and Pathology at Indiana University in Indianapolis, Indiana.

He initially practiced at UAMS from 1993-1997, then returned in 2000 to serve as director of clinical research for myeloma. In 2007, Tricot left UAMS to launch the Utah Blood and Marrow Transplant and Myeloma Program at the University of Utah’s Huntsman Cancer Institute.

In 2012, he joined the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center at the University of Iowa Health Care in Iowa City, Iowa, where he most recently worked as an emeritus professor of internal medicine with hematology, oncology and blood and marrow transplantation. Through the past 20 years, Tricot researched multiple myeloma and treated thousands of myeloma patients

During retirement, Tricot has continued collaborating with his research team, working to defeat drug resistance, prevent relapse, and lengthen life expectancy.

“Even with the most intensive therapies for myeloma, many patients still relapse, indicating that there is a small fraction of myeloma cells very resistance to chemotherapy,” Tricot said.

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