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April 4, 2013
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IMF's Research Programs Featured in New Video Presentation at Medical Conference in Japan
The IMF's research arm, the International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG), occupied center stage this week at the 2013 International Myeloma Workshop in Kyoto, Japan. Susie Novis, IMF President and Co-Founder, introduced the audience of myeloma doctors from around the world to the broad reach and accomplishments of the IMF's research programs. Scientific programs, oral presentations, consensus panels and poster presentations are featured at the biennial event. WATCH THE VIDEO NOW

FDA Fast Tracks Daratumumab for Double Refractory Myeloma
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has fast tracked the human CD38 monoclonal antibody daratumumab for multiple myeloma patients who were treated with three previous therapy lines, such as a proteasome inhibitor (PI) and an immunomodulatory agent (IMiD™), or who are double refractory to a PI and an IMiD), according to an announcement by the biotechnology company Genmab.

Dr. Torben Plesner, of the Vejile Hospital in Denmark, discussed data from a Phase I/II study of daratumumab with the IMF in a video interview at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) in December 2012 in Atlanta.

Budget Cuts That Threaten to Slow Medical Research Prompt Rally in D.C.
The IMF will be among thousands of scientists, patients and caregivers who will descend on Washington, D.C. on Monday, April 8 to protest cuts to medical research threatened by the sequestration. Among the 20,000 participants the rally's organizers hope will attend: survivors of cancer, diabetes and cardiac arrest. If you are in the DC Metro area, please email IMF Director of U.S. Advocacy Meghan Buzby to sign up to join the IMF Rally crew! READ THE PBS NEWSHOUR STORY

Calling on Rhode Island Residents to Take Action for ALL Cancer Patients
Rhode Island State Rep. Gregg Amore has introduced legislation that will make oral anticancer treatments more affordable for patients who need them. Please call or write your Rhode Island state representatives to ask them to support HB 5354 and eliminate insurance inequities in cancer treatment for ALL cancer patients in Rhode Island! TAKE ACTION TODAY!

IMF's Myeloma Awareness Campaign Spreads 'Life-Saving Information'
Congratulations to everyone who set March abuzz with Myeloma Awareness Month activities—from the IMF's educational webinars, to the first live stream of one our Patient and Family Seminars to the dozens of cities and states that made official proclamations. Cynthia Chmielewski credits the IMF's campaign with helping to spread life-saving information about a disease that, "despite its being the second most common blood cancer, often goes untreated for years because of a lack of awareness." READ CYNTHIA'S BLOG

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