- Aredia/Zometa and osteonecrosis of the jaws. A New Update - July 2004
What is osteonecrosis? How common is it? What are the best treatments? How can be done to prevent it? Dr. Durie brings us up to date on what is known about osteonecrosis of the jaws.
- FDA Sets Up Cancer Office to Speed Up New Drugs
The new office will centralize all cancer-related drug efforts, allowing for better coordination among FDA reviewers, reduced costs and less duplication, officials said. (from Yahoo/Reuters)
- Depression May Explain Fatigue of Cancer Patients
The fatigue suffered by patients with blood cancer is most likely caused by depression and reduced physical performance, and not the disease itself, a new German study contends. (from the Atlanta Journal Constitution)
- Playing on in one musician's memory
"It's a way of keeping a wish of his alive," said Lee Grayson's sister, Mara. "Talking to people who were just diagnosed and the feeling of, 'See, I'm not alone,' meant so much to him." (from Newsday)
- Immunologists at conference in Montreal discuss stem cells as an alternative to conventional therapy for older patients.
Mini-transplants are..."just a huge opportunity for patients who are otherwise going to suffer," said Michael Scott of the International Myeloma Foundation. (from Canada's CBC Health and Science News)
- It's not too early to start thinking about registering for the Teaneck, NJ Patient & Family Seminar, October 8-9.
If what you are looking for is reliable information from recognized experts, combined with the support you can only get by sharing the weekend with others who are going through the same thing you are, then look no further. The IMF's Patient & Family Seminars are what you need.
WHAT'S NEW IN RESEARCH
- MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, Moshe Talpaz, MD, tel 713-792-3522
- Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA, Nikhil Munshi, MD, tel 617-632-2681.
- Intermediate-Dose Melphalan Improves Survival of Myeloma Patients Aged
50-70: Results of A Randomised Controlled Trial
Antonio Palumbo et al
Blood published 20 July 2004, 10.1182/blood-2004-02-0408
- Constipated myeloma
P. Leif Bergsagel
Blood 2004;104 602
- Advances in biology of multiple myeloma: clinical applications
Teru Hideshima, P. Leif Bergsagel, W. Michael Kuehl, and Kenneth C. Anderson
Blood 2004;104 607-618
- A molecular basis for nonsecretory myeloma
Daniel Coriu, Kristal Weaver, Maria Schell, Manfred Eulitz, Charles L.Murphy, Deborah T. Weiss, and Alan Solomon
Blood 2004;104 829-831
- Extramedullary multiple myeloma escapes the effect of thalidomide
Laura Rosiñol, Mª Teresa Cibeira, Joan Bladé, Jordi Esteve, Marta Aymerich, María Rozman, Marta Segarra, Maria C. Cid, Xavier Filella, Emili Montserrat
Haematologica 2004;89:832 (a PDF of the research paper)
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
People Living with Cancer
Wednesday, July 28, 2004, from 2:00 _ 3:00 PM ET
Featured Experts: James Armitage, MD, Stefano Tarantolo, MD, Lori Maness, MD
- Nutrition: Before, During and After Cancer Treatment
People Living with Cancer
Wednesday, August 18, 2004, from 2:00 _ 3:00 PM ET
Featured Experts: David Alberts, MD, Cynthia Thomson, PhD, RD, Arizona Cancer Center
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