- Cancer sufferers give Japanese government a wake-up call
The Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry has established a task force to fight cancer - the most common cause of death in Japan. In January, the ministry established a panel to urge pharmaceutical companies to conduct clinical tests to make unapproved overseas anticancer drugs available as soon as possible. As a result, clinical tests of the use of thalidomide for myeloma are expected to be conducted in the near future. (from The Yomiuri Shimbun by way of the Grand Forks Herald)
- Novartis and FDA notify dental healthcare professionals of revisions to the prescribing information to describe the occurence of osteonecrosis of the jaw (ONJ).
The prescribing information recommends that cancer patients receive a dental examination prior to initiating therapy with intravenous bisphosphonates and avoid invasive dental procedures while receiving bisphosphonate treatment. (from PharmaLive)
More information on Osteonecrosis of the Jaws
- Special Report from Sydney
The IMF is pleased to bring you comprehensive coverage of the landmark Xth International Myeloma Workshop, held recently in Sydney, Australia. The workshop is the largest conference of its type in the world for clinicians and researchers dedicated to scientific progress in the experimental, clinical and therapeutic areas of myeloma.
- ASCO NEWS:
- Imagine Moving Forward is the theme of the IMF's new myeloma bracelet. Wear one in honor, celebration, or in memory of a loved one, and when people ask you what it's for, it's a perfect opportunity to spread the word about multiple myeloma. They're only $1 each in sets of 10, so you can order one for everyone in your family. You can order them on the web. For more info or questions, contact Suzanne Battaglia at (800) 452-2873, ext. 227, or SBattaglia@myeloma.org. (For a more personalized tribute in jewelry, check out IMFer Kristi Difford's beautiful handmade jewelry.)
WHAT'S NEW IN RESEARCH
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 EmergingMed, with whom the IMF has entered into a partnership 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.
UPCOMING SEMINARS AND CLINICAL CONFERENCES
- AL Amyloidosis Masterclass: Challenging Cases in Amyloid
IMF (UK) was proud to hold its first Masterclass in Myeloma in
at the Royal College of Physicians in October of last year. This year they are pleased to announce the first masterclass of 2005 will be held 1st June at the
and will focus on
- Chicago Patient & Family Seminar - June 10-11, 2005
If you live in the Chicago area and are a member of an area myeloma support group, we would like you to be our guest at the upcoming Chicago Patient & Family Seminar, June 10 - 11, 2005. If you are interested in taking advantage of this free registration, call the IMF at 800-452-CURE (800-452-2873). And if you are not yet a member of a myeloma support group, and would like to join one and take advantage of this opportunity, call Andy Lebkuecher, Director of Support Groups at 678-546-3045.
- Los Angeles Patient & Family Seminar - June 24-25, 2005
Los Angeles, California
See complete list of 2005 UPCOMING SEMINARS AND MEETINGS.
UPCOMING EVENTS AND EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES
Third Annual Robert A. Kyle Lifetime Achievement Award
September 27, 2005
Dr. Kenneth C. Anderson of the Dana Farber Cancer Institute is being honored for pioneering critical advances against multiple myeloma.
See complete list of 2005 UPCOMING EVENTS.
Hot off the presses....the IMF has just published it's comprehensive "How-to-FUNdraise" guide. If you're thinking about fundraising in your community, but don't know where to start, this guide will give you the "A to Z" of fundraising ideas, and other helpful suggestions.
- Squares Are Going Fast!
Don't miss your last opportunity to honor your loved one in our beautiful Quilt of Courage series. If you're interested in participating, please contact IMFer Harriet Bertsche via email at email@example.com or (914) 478-4689 ...remember, they are almost gone! It's a wonderful way to honor mom/dad/sister/brother/friend.
- SHOP FOR THE IMF
Many of the internet's most popular merchants--places you would patronize anyway--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 or the special links below.
New Items! Multiple Myeloma Awareness Jewelry
IMFer Kristi Difford has added two necklaces and two sets of matching earrings to her line of beautiful custom jewelry to honor those who have joined the struggle against multiple myeloma.
See more exciting ways to help the IMF continue its important work in education, support and research.
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