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November 6, 2014
November 6, 2014
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Thursday, November 13, 2014
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IMF Satellite Symposium at ASH
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ODAC Recommends Against Panobinostat for FDA Approval

Today, an FDA advisory panel, the Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC), held a hearing on panobinostat, a drug in development to treat relapsed myeloma. The committee voted not to recommend panobinostat for FDA approval. IMF staff members and myeloma patients testified on behalf of panobinostat, sharing the critical need for an array of treatment options for myeloma patients. In a blog post, IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie shares his thoughts on today’s hearing and panobinostat. READ MORE


Online Auction for 8th Annual Comedy Celebration


The online auction accompanying the IMF’s 8th Annual Comedy Celebration benefiting the Peter Boyle Research Fund and supporting the Black Swan Research Initiative® is now live! The auction features exciting items that include: several rare guitars, including one signed by all members of the Rolling Stones and another signed by an array of guitar greats such as BB King; a selection of fine jewelry, including his and her Movado watches; and a Vienna, Austria vacation package. CLICK HERE to view more auction items.


Webinar: Navigating the Open Enrollment Period for Private Health Insurance

Don’t miss your opportunity to register for the Advocacy team’s November 18th webinar, Health Reform and You: Navigating the Open Enrollment Period for Private Health Insurance. During the webinar, experts will give advice on choosing the type of insurance plan that will work best for you and your family. The webinar will be held on Tuesday, November 18th at 7 pm ET/ 4 pm PT. Space is limited, but there are still open slots! CLICK HERE to register.


Hope, Stress, Myeloma & the Holidays

With the holiday season fast approaching, now is a good time to brush up on tips for alleviating holiday stresses and finding hope during the holidays. A recording of the call “Hope, Stress, Myeloma & the Holidays,” in the IMF’s Living Well with Myeloma teleconference series archive, is an excellent resource. The call is led by licensed professional counselor and certified psychotherapist Greg Pacini, MS, LPC, CGP, who takes listeners through targeted exercises to process the emotions that often accompany the holidays. CLICK HERE to listen.


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