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November 9, 2003 Myeloma Minute
What's News
  • Hear Dr. Vincent Rajkumar from the Mayo Clinic talk about Promising Clinical Trials in a HealthTalk webcast.
    In recent years, effective treatment options were limited for people living with multiple myeloma. Now, promising clinical trials are proving very beneficial in the treatment and possible remission of multiple myeloma. In this program, Dr. Brian Durie interviews Dr. Rajkumar about ongoing clinical trials and how they could affect treatment options.

  • FDA oversight of 'off-label' drug use wanes
    Forty years after Congress gave the FDA the power to assess the safety and effectiveness of drugs, an ever-growing segment of the American pharmaceutical business is eluding that rigorous scrutiny. Thalidomide's entry into the U.S. market shows how physicians and the drug industry consider the FDA irrelevant. (Part 3 of Risky RX, a three-part series from Knight Ridder)

  • The New World of Tailored Treatments
    For Big Pharma, gene-based therapies that can be personalized to individual patients are a major challenge -- and a bigger opportunity. (from BusinessWeek Online)

What's New in Myeloma Research:
What's New in Clinical Trials:
(Drugs listed In alphabetical order)

If you would like to browse trials currently open for enrollment, visit the Clinical Trials page of the IMF web site. Among the links, you will find CenterWatch and EmergingMed. The IMF has entered into partnerships with them to assist you in matching trials to your particular patient profile (i.e., stage of disease, previous treatment, how well you are able to carry out the activities of daily living, etc.) and by doing so, increase your chances of being eligible. You can also learn more about clinical trials by reviewing materials from the National Cancer Institute.

Advocacy Update:
  • Medicare Proposals Threaten Access to Care
    Access to cancer care and treatment is threatened by the Medicare Prescription Drug Benefit legislation currently being debated by a congressional conference committee and rules proposed by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

  • Appropriations Update
    If the current appropriations bill is rolled into an omnibus appropriations bill, many in the cancer community are hopeful that the eventual funding increases for NIH could reach the needed 8-10 percent. But we need you to continue contacting Congress...

Quality of Life Update:

Upcoming Seminars and Conferences:

Upcoming Fundraisers:

FUNdraising Made Easy
You know you want to do something, but deciding on what to do can be confusing. The IMF can help. This year, our members really rallied 'round the cause, picked up the gauntlet, and raised a lot of money for myeloma research and programs.

We are already getting calls from new members who want to join in the effort and hold an event in 2004. Suzanne Battaglia is waiting for your call. She is here to help you plan and execute your event, so please write, call or email (SBattaglia@myeloma.org) so that you can get on our Calendar of Events!

See what you can do in your community to help further the goal of finding the cure!

Exciting Opportunities

Items of Interest:
  • Understanding Thalidomide Therapy on the Web
    Read it on the web or download and print the PDF document. Available in English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian.

  • The National Cancer Institute (NCI) Office of Education and Special Initiatives is looking for patients, family caregivers, and physicians who are interested in participating in telephone focus groups and in-depth interviews. Payment will be provided to all participants.
    BANK ON A CURE is an innovative and powerful concept designed to establish a method to find new treatments for multiple myeloma and other related diseases as well as the possibility of new cures, while customizing care for current patients.
  • Myeloma Matrix
    The Myeloma Matrix provides updated information about drugs beginning with pre-clinical developments and tracks drugs as they proceed through Phases I – III of clinical trials, drugs that have been FDA approved, and information on trials that are being conducted by NCI- sponsored cooperative groups as well as other myeloma study groups. The online version is updated regularly. If you would like to have a printed copy, call the toll-free hotline (800) 452-2873.
  • International Prognostic Index
    The International Myeloma Foundation is proud to sponsor the International Prognostic Index (IPI) Classification for Multiple Myeloma. Nearly twenty myeloma institutions from around the world are collaborating to create an updated staging system for multiple myeloma.
  • NexCura Cancer Profiler
    The Cancer Profiler is a free service (no hidden fees or charges). Its tools provide you with information specific to your cancer diagnosis to help you make more informed treatment decisions along with your physician.
  • Expert Opinions on Multiple Myeloma
    A multimedia, CME-accredited program for physicians with the chance to see world-renowned myeloma specialists sharing their knowledge, discussing treatment choices, and comparing their perspectives on controversial issues in multiple myeloma and related diseases.
  • Myeloma At The Movies
    It has been our goal to bring our Patient & Family Seminars to people around the country who might not be able to attend an actual meeting, so we have set up a video lending library.
  • HealthTalk's Multiple Myeloma Education Network
    The latest interview is Dr. Durie interviewing Dr. Rajkumar about promising IMF Clinical Trials.

Be Part of the Cure!

Many of the internet's most popular merchants will donate a portion of your purchases to the IMF if you enter their sites using the links on our Shop For The IMF page. You can also use the special shortcut URLs listed below:

So, Be Part of the Cure by using these links to the same get great service and low prices you're used to while helping support the IMF!

Help Us Help Others...
As a non-profit organization, the IMF is completely dependent on the support of our members. Please consider showing your support by making a tax-deductible donation today. Donations in honor of a friend or family member make great gifts and are a wonderful way to celebrate a special occasion. You can donate online or by calling the IMF at (800) 452-CURE. We sincerely thank you for your support.

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