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Myeloma Minute
09.21.01
A Nation in Mourning:
Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who has been affected by the tragedy facing our Nation. We send a heartfelt "thank you" to the thousands of police, fire and search and rescue personnel, as well as the many volunteers and citizens who are coming to the aid of the victims.

The IMF is grateful for the support of its members. We ask that during this heightened time of need, that you consider lending your support to one of the many emergency relief organizations such as the Red Cross or Salvation Army.


Atlanta Patient & Family Seminar Postponed
In the wake of last week's terrorist attacks against the U.S., and out of concern for our members, the IMF has decided to postpone the Atlanta Seminar, originally scheduled for September 21-22. Many of our members travel to these meetings and we are concerned about the health of patients who will be subjected to unusually long lines, flight delays and potential flight cancellations. With the uncertainty we are all facing, we feel it's best that everyone stay close-to-home as much as possible.

We are in the process of securing a new date for the meeting. It will most likely be re-scheduled for early 2002. We will notify everyone as soon as a new date has been set. Full refunds are available to anyone not able to attend the re-scheduled meeting.

If you have registered for the Atlanta seminar and have made hotel reservations at the Atlanta Marriott or other area hotel, we ask that you contact the hotel directly to cancel your reservation.


IMF Website Gets A Make Over!
As you've probably already noticed, the IMF website has a brand new look! Take a look around - we've added several new features and services, including:
  • Online registration for Patient & Family Seminars and other events.
  • In-depth access to clinical trials information and listings.
  • Access to current news items and articles related to myeloma and cancer.
  • Fully downloadable copies of the Concise Review, Patient Handbook, Understanding Autologous Stem Cell Transplantation, Understanding Thalidomide Therapy and The Comprehensive Guide to Banff: Understanding the VIII International Myeloma Workshop in an easy-to-read .pdf format.

Be sure to bookmark our website and check back often as we're constantly adding new and updated information.


Helpful Resources:
The following resources offer helpful services for cancer/myeloma patients:

Patient Advocate Foundation
Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization that serves as an active liaison between the patient and their insurer, employer and/or creditors to resolve insurance, job discrimination and/or debt crisis matters relative to their diagnosis through case managers, doctors and attorneys.

Family Care America
Family Care America is a resource for caregivers and for professionals who are asked to provide caregiving advice.

Kids Konnected
Friendship, understanding, education and support for kids who have a parent with cancer.


News You Can Use:
Myeloma patients often undergo bone density testing. Click here to read an explanation and overview of the procedure from MayoClinic.com.

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