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Myeloma Minute - November 28, 2004


11.29.04

WHAT'S NEWS

WHAT'S NEW IN RESEARCH

  • CLINICAL TRIALS 
    • VELCADE® trials
    • THALOMID® trials
    • TRISENOX_ trials
    • REVLIMID trials
    • DOXIL trials

    • Canadian VELCADE® trial.
      A study is currently underway in Canada in patients that have relapsed or are refractory to at least 2 lines of chemotherapy for multiple myeloma. The trial is open, or in the process of being opened, in at least one cancer centre or hospital in every province of the country with the exception of PEI and Newfoundland. If a patient is interested in obtaining more information about the trial, they should discuss it with their oncologist or treating physician. The oncologist or treating physician will then refer the patient to the nearest trial center. If the physician is not aware of the nearest trial center then he/she should contact Ortho Biotech at 416-382-4911. Ortho Biotech will contact the trial center and request permission for the physician to contact that site with regards to a patient referral.

    • Multi-center, randomized, controlled Phase III study to evaluate safety and efficacy of NeoRx's Skeletal Targeted Radiotherapy (STR) plus Melphalan to Melphalan Alone, with Stem Cell Transplant in Multiple Myeloma.

  • ARTICLES

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.


DECEMBER EVENTS


HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE
It's that time again. This year why not give a gift that gives twice? Shop in our boutique and the IMF receives a portion (and sometimes all the proceeds) of each sale.

  • Holiday Wine Vests
    Just in time for the holidays, IMFer Caethe Goetz has created these adorable vests for wine bottles. A portion of each sale will be donated to the IMF.


  • Michael Tuohy's CD of his Song "I'm Not Leavin'"
    Michael Tuohy wrote this uplifting song for his two young children to reassure them that he would win his battle with cancer. There are two versions on the CD, on one there is a gentle acoustic version and on the other Michael rocks. 100% of the proceeds of this CD are being donated to the IMF.

  • The Multiple Myeloma Awareness Bracelet
    IMFer Kristi Difford makes these beautiful custom bracelets to grace the wrists of those who have joined the struggle against Multiple Myeloma.

  • The Catlett Card Series
    The Catlett Cards are designed by Irma Catlett in memory of her husband Lou. All proceeds go to support the programs of the IMF.



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


EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES

  • Ever think of walking or running a marathon? 
    Join the IMF Team Milers Against Myeloma and help raise awareness and dollars for cancer research at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Marathon on June 5, 2005 in San Diego, California. If interested in joining Team Milers Against Myeloma, email Candace McDonald, Associate Director of Development at cmcdonald@myeloma.org.

  • Volume II of Cooking with the IMF
    The collection of recipes for Volume II of our very popular healthy food cookbook is being led by Marilyn Alexander, a myeloma survivor from Philadelphia. Please help us with this important project by submitting your favorite recipes.

ITEMS OF INTEREST

Help Us Help Others...
As a non-profit organization, the IMF is completely dependent on the support of our members. Tax-deductible 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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