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April 23, 2015
April 23, 2015
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This week's question: Does pomalidomide work on a myeloma patient who has not had a response with other iMiDs?


Multiple Myeloma Bone Study

Ixazomib in Newly Diagnosed and/or Relapsed/Refractory Myeloma

Ixazomib Citrate Maintenance Therapy After ASCT


Ixazomib in Combination with LenDex in Newly Diagnosed Myeloma


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Upcoming Events

Saturday, April 25, 2015
7th Annual Miles for Myeloma 5K Run/Walk
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


Saturday, May 2, 2015
Ava & Cece's Race to Beat Myeloma
Wheaton, Maryland


Sunday, May 3, 2015
Flying Pig Marathon
Cincinnati, Ohio


Saturday, May 9, 2015
Myeloma Center Workshop
Seattle, Washington


Watch the IMF Mambo for Myeloma & Support This Challenge



Calling All Researchers: Submit Your Grant Applications for the 2016 Brian D. Novis Research Awards


The Brian D. Novis Research Awards honor the IMF’s founder Brian Novis, who died of multiple myeloma in July of 1992. The awards go to researchers doing work in the field of multiple myeloma and related disorders including smoldering myeloma, MGUS (monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance), as well as immunoglobulin derived amyloidosis. The 2016 awards are $50,000 each for junior grants and $80,000 for senior grants. August 3, 2015 is the deadline for applications. For more information and grant applications click HERE


The Value of Annual PET/CT as a Screening Tool for Myeloma Patients


In last week’s blog, “How to Be Safer as You Live Longer,” IMF Chairman Brian Durie, MD cited the value of annual PET/CT as a screening tool to monitor low-level myeloma, detect hidden infection or an early second cancer. But what should a patient know when Medicare and supplemental insurance companies don’t cover the cost? In this week’s blog, Dr. Durie offers support for patients attempting to obtain reimbursement for these screenings. Click HERE to read.


Myeloma Patient Seminar in Italy Includes a Dash of Poetry


More than 100 people gathered in the town of Udine, Italy last week for a lively and informative myeloma patient event hosted by the Italian blood cancer patient group AIL. The organization is supported by a dedicated team of volunteers, according to IMF’s Director of Europe and the Middle East, Nadia Elkebir. Nadia delivered a well-received presentation about the IMF during the panel presentations in Udine and she reports on the many highlights of the event HERE.



Inland Empire Support Group Celebrates a Special Anniversary


This past weekend, members of the Inland Empire Support Group celebrated their 10th anniversary. Support Group Leader Tom Courbat shared the group’s celebratory photo (at right) and sent us a personalized thank-you video. (That’s Tom in the front holding up all 10 fingers to commemorate the anniversary.) Congratulations to the entire Inland Empire Support Group! To watch the video, click HERE.


Californians Are Invited to Join the March Against Myeloma 


Join our friends in Northern California for the March Against Myeloma Fundraiser on Saturday, May 2. Participants will meet at the Merced River Recreation Area in Briceburg, bordering Yosemite National Park, for a river cleanup followed by a BBQ and family friendly games. Justin McWethy organized the event in honor of his mother, who is currently fighting multiple myeloma. “We will be showing our positive support and awareness of this cancer and the patients who are in a fight for their lives,” said Justin, pictured with his mom Tamyr at right. To RSVP and learn more, click HERE. 


An Integrative Approach to Transform Your Mind, Body and Spirit

Learn how to achieve a more balanced life by tuning into the next installment of the popular IMF “Living Well with Myeloma Teleconference Series.” The title of the May 7th teleconference says it all—“Sustainable Wellness – An Integrative Approach to Transform Your Mind, Body and Spirit”—and will feature Dr. Matt Mumber, radiation oncologist at Georgia Research Alliance.  The teleconference begins at 4 pm PT/7 pm ET. To register, please click HERE.









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