- In case you missed it last week, make sure you check out the ASCO 2004 Update. Its all theretop researchers discussing everything from frontline therapy to the myeloma stem stell. You can watch the videos, view the presentations in your browser or download the presentations and posters to print out.
- After consulting with representatives from the IMF, including Dr. Brian Durie and Dr. Bart Barlogie, US Senator Bob Graham (FL), sent a letter to Mark McClellan, Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) recommending CMS coverage for PET Scans for myeloma patients. Read the letter.
- VELCADE® (Bortezomib) for Injection Data Show a Significant Improvement In Survival in Patients With Relapsed Multiple Myeloma
Risk of death in first year reduced by an estimated 30 percent in the VELCADE arm. (from PR Newswire)
- Combination of TRISENOX®, Vitamin C and Low-Dose Melphalan Produces 54 Percent Objective Response Rate in Late-Stage Multiple Myeloma Patients
These results were in a group of heavily pretreated patients who had received an average of four prior regimens. (from Yahoo Finance)
- VELCADE® (Bortezomib) for Injection Shows Promising Activity in Two Phase II Studies of Patients with Previously Untreated Multiple Myeloma (Millennium Press Release)
- New Method to Identify Blood Proteins May Spur Novel Disease Marker Discoveries
Previous studies by other scientists had found evidence of blood-borne molecules related to disease states. This new method offers refinement, which may lead to identification of more sensitive disease markers. (from NIH News)
- Cancer patients' genes may influence how they experience fatigue and quality of life
Being able to identify cancer patients who have a predisposition to fatigue or other quality of life problems can mean earlier and better uses of resources so treatment and support services can be provided to help them have the best quality of life to cope with their disease." (from EurekAlert)
- Fighting Myeloma at Sea!
Follow IMFer Jerry Eisenhower as he spends six months at sea, all the while being treated with Aredia, which he will administer himself.
WHAT'S NEW IN RESEARCH
- NCI OPENS PROTOCOL MENU TO RESEARCHERS
The NCI's Cancer Trials Support Unit (CTSU) has initiated the Independent Clinical Research Site (CICRS) program to open its protocol menu to qualified medical, radiation, and surgical oncologists and hematologists located throughout the USA who are not Cooperative Group members to allow them to offer Phase III treatment trials in their practice setting and facilitate the enrollment of eligible cancer patients who wish to participate.
For more information, the Myeloma Matrix has a current list of all myeloma trials from pre-clinical to recently FDA approved. 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.
- Understanding Leukemia, Lymphoma, and Myeloma
Wednesday, July 28, 2004, from 2:00 3:00 PM ET
Featured Experts: James Armitage, MD, Stefano Tarantolo, MD, Lori Maness, MD
FUNdraising Made Easy
Suzanne Battaglia can help you plan your fundraiser, so please write, call or email (SBattaglia@myeloma.org) so that you can get on our Calendar of Events!
- My Ride For Myeloma - July 10, 2004
100 mile motorcycle ride in Spring Branch, TX.
- 4th Annual WAMP Swim-a-thon- July 17, 2004
West Hartford, CT
- 3rd Annual Multiple Musicians Against Myeloma - July 18, 2004
Long Island, New York
- 2nd Annual Hair Cares - July 25, 2004
Glen Mills, PA
- Kathy McCormick Memorial Golf Tournament - July 26, 2004
- See complete list of UPCOMING FUNDRAISERS
ITEMS OF INTEREST
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