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Nurse Leaders within the International Myeloma Foundation Publish Book for Nurses to Help Myeloma Patients Optimize Their Care

–"Oncology nurses are closely involved in their patients' care, offer support and solutions when problems arise"–

North Hollywood, CA, August 11, 2010 – The Nurse Leadership Board (NLB) of the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) has published a book with important new guidelines to help nurses manage care for myeloma patients at a time when treatment options are expanding to include new therapies that can contribute to longer survival. The NLB and the book recognize the vital role that nurses play in all stages of myeloma patients' care. The book provides background on myeloma and details specific protocols and procedures nurses can use to help myeloma patients optimize their treatments, manage side effects and receive the support they need.

This is the first book written and edited by expert myeloma nurses for other nurses, with each chapter authored by one of several NLB members. Multiple Myeloma: A Textbook for Nurses, edited by Joseph D. Tariman, PHC, MN, APRN-BC, OCN®, is published by the Oncology Nursing Society.

"Oncology nurses are closely involved in their patients' care, play an active role in educating patients before and during their therapies and offer support and solutions when problems arise," said Mr. Tariman. "As nurse leaders with the IMF, we felt it was important to share our knowledge and experience in this book to empower other nurses to help their myeloma patients. The guidelines and advice shared in this book will provide nurses with important new tools to enhance their myeloma patients' treatment."

The Nurse Leadership Board is a unique partnership between the IMF and 20 oncology nurses from leading centers treating myeloma in the United States. This book builds on previously published treatment guidelines to provide a vehicle for expert myeloma nurses to formally share their knowledge and experience with other oncology nurses and community-based colleagues who may see few myeloma cases each year.

Multiple myeloma is a cancer of cells in the bone marrow. Once a rare disease of the elderly, multiple myeloma is being diagnosed in growing numbers and in increasingly younger people. Each year approximately 20,000 new cases are diagnosed in the United States. New treatments have extended remissions for many patients, measured in years, not months, and provide a good quality of life.

ABOUT the international myeloma foundation
The International Myeloma Foundation is the oldest and largest myeloma organization, reaching more than 195,000 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 200 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. The global website is www.myeloma.org.

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