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October 9, 2014
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Saturday, November 8, 2014
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Cancer Drug Costs: Is the System Broken?

A segment last Sunday on the CBS program “60 Minutes” focused on the high cost of cancer drugs. It drew wide attention to an issue that has been the subject of conversation among patients, doctors, and policymakers over the last year. In his blog this week, IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie calls for an open dialogue among all parties concerned about high costs, and stresses that we need everyone at the table. The ongoing collaboration within the IMWG is a template for success. CLICK HERE to read more.


8th Annual Comedy Celebration Auction: Vienna Package

The IMF’s 8th Annual Comedy Celebration benefiting the Peter Boyle Research Fund and supporting the Black Swan Research Initiative® will be accompanied by a silent auction. This week we are thrilled to announce an exciting auction item: the very special Vienna Package. The Vienna Package includes a three-night weekend stay at the luxurious InterContinental Wien in Vienna, Austria, full buffet breakfasts, and a lunch for two at Restaurant Hansen. CLICK HERE for more information and to get your tickets for the November 8th Comedy Celebration.


New IMF Publications Available

New IMF publications that provide important information about subcutaneous (SQ) Velcade and the Freelite and Hevylite myeloma diagnosis and monitoring tests are now available. The IMF continues to expand its extensive library of publications to provide patients with the most accurate information about myeloma, related health issues, treatments, and tests. CLICK HERE to read Understanding Serum Free Light Chain and Serum Heavy/Light Chain Assays. CLICK HERE for the Freelite/Hevylite tip card. CLICK HERE for the SQ Velcade tip card.


Watch Medicare 101 Webinar Recording

The IMF Advocacy team hosted a webinar, Medicare 101, on Medicare access last month. A recording of the webinar is now available. Guest speaker Dr. Gretchen Jacobson, Associate Director with the Kaiser Family Foundation’s Program on Medicare Policy, provided a wealth of information on the Medicare enrollment process and types of coverage. CLICK HERE to view the presentation.


First Meeting Scheduled for First
New Hampshire Myeloma Support Group


Exciting news for New Hampshire myeloma patients and family members! The first myeloma support group in New Hampshire, the Manchester Multiple Myeloma Information Group, will hold its first meeting next week. This support group is one of more than 245 local groups that the IMF supports worldwide. The Manchester Multiple Myeloma Information Group will meet on Thursday, October 16th at 6:30 pm at Easter Seals, 555 Auburn Street, Manchester, New Hampshire. For more information, please contact Susan Gimilaro at 603-426-2035 or ManchesterNH@IMFsupport.org.   

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