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The IMF Launches Website for Global Spanish-Speaking Community
04.24.06
Will Provide Information, Contacts and Support in Spanish for North and South America

North Hollywood, CA, USA and São Paulo, Brazil, April 19, 2006 -- The International Myeloma Foundation - conducting research and providing education, advocacy, and support for myeloma patients, families, researchers, and physicians worldwide - today announced the launch of a Spanish language website to provide complete and up-to-date information about multiple myeloma to the Spanish speaking population world wide. Myeloma, also called multiple myeloma, is an incurable but treatable cancer in the bone marrow affecting production of red cells, white cells and stem cells. Myeloma is the second most common blood cancer after lymphomas, affecting an estimated 750,000 people worldwide and its prevalence is increasing. The new "Website en español" will provide the same comprehensive level of contacts, support, and medical and pharmaceutical information that has been available in English and Portuguese. The website is available at www.mielomala.org.

"This is an exciting time in myeloma research, with new agents and new approaches coming to light at an unprecedented pace, and at the IMF we are committed to giving patients, families and caregivers around the world access to the latest information," said Susie Novis founder and president of the International Myeloma Foundation. "At the IMF we have always believed that 'knowledge is power,' and the addition of this new Spanish Website will help us disseminate that knowledge to as many people as possible."

Myeloma is an important focal point for advanced cancer research. Although once considered a death sentence with limited options for treatment, today there are more than 100 drugs in clinical trials in the United States alone, and multiple drug regimens can be used in sequence to help some patients maintain their daily routines for years and even decades. There is a new, advanced staging system for myeloma to provide patients with the most appropriate prognosis and treatment for their level of disease, and the International Myeloma Foundation supports Bank on a Cure®, the world's first repository of myeloma-patient DNA collected globally to help researchers understand the factors underlying the development and treatment of this disease.

The new Website will be introduced during a trip to Buenos Aires by Christine J.T. Battistini, president of the IMF Latin America, who said: "Here at the IMF we take pride in providing a complete range of services to a global population. These services include our 'Patient and Family Seminars' where we bring medical experts to people all over the world who are afflicted with multiple myeloma. The Spanish-language Website is an appropriate component of our global commitment to patients, their families, caregivers, the media and everyone concerned about multiple myeloma wherever they may be."

Spanish is spoken by nearly 400 million people in Spain, Central and South America, as well as in the Canary Islands, parts of Morocco, the Philippines and parts of the United States. In addition to the complete Websites in English, Spanish and Portuguese, the IMF has literature and online information available in Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian and Turkish with affiliated support groups and meetings available worldwide. The material can be accessed through any of the IMF Websites.

ABOUT THE INTERNATIONAL MYELOMA FOUNDATION

The International Myeloma Foundation is the oldest and largest myeloma organization, reaching more than 135,000 members in 113 countries worldwide. A 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of myeloma patients and their families, the IMF focuses in four key areas: research, education, support and advocacy. To date, the IMF has conducted more than 100 educational seminars worldwide, maintains a world-renowned hotline, and operates Bank on a Cure®, a unique gene bank to advance myeloma research. The IMF can be reached at (800) 452-CURE or www.myeloma.org.


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