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February 7, 2002: IMF Myeloma Minute
02.07.02
Myeloma News You Can Use:

Innovative Treatment Helps Patients with Spinal Compressions
Kyphoplasty is a new, minimally invasive treatment for compression fractures of the spine. Kyphon is one company that manufactures a device used for kyphoplasty. Kyphon's KyphX IBT is a proprietary device that is intended to be used as a conventional bone tamp for the reduction of fractures and/or the creation of a void in cancellous bone. The IBT is placed into the fractured bone through a cannula and then carefully inflated, achieving an "en masse" reduction of the crushed bone, and creating a cavity. Creating a cavity facilitates a low pressure fill with an approved material of the physicians choice. After maximum inflation has been achieved, the IBT is deflated and withdrawn.

To read more about kyphoplasty, try The Spine Institute at St. John's Health Center, the Berkeley Orthopedic Medical Group, or the NeuroCare Network. To learn more about the KyphX IBT, Kyphon's device used in kyphoplasty, please click here.


Items of Interest:

View a Multi-Year Archive of Old Myeloma Headlines Using Yahoo! News
A simple search using the search term "myeloma" reveals an archive of close to 4,000 stories related to multiple myeloma. Stories range in date from current news to several years ago. The stories listed have appeared in local and national newspapers, national and international medical journals and in some cases, corporate press releases. This is an archived list of stories -- you may view a story summary at no cost, or choose to order and download the complete text for a small fee.

President Fulfills Commitment to Doubling NIH Funding
A press release issued by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services regarding President Bush's commitment to a five-year plan to double the budget of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) when he submits his fiscal year 2003 budget proposal to Congress in February.

Editor's Note:
Of particular interest to the myeloma and cancer communities is paragraph six, which reads as follows:

"Cancer-related research would also be a priority under the President's proposal, reflecting growing opportunities in the fight against the nation's second leading killer. Cancer-related spending would increase from $4.9 billion in fiscal year 2002 to $5.5 billion in fiscal year 2003, an increase of nearly 13 percent, which is similar to the increase in cancer-related spending in fiscal year 2002. Other disease areas including diabetes, HIV/AIDS, Alzheimer's disease and Parkinson's disease will also receive substantial increases in the fiscal year 2003 budget."

Innovative Series of Webcasts Targeting Caregivers Offered
The Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Medical Center, New York City has launched an innovative series of web seminars targeting caregivers. Upcoming seminars include:

Managing Pain and Other Symptoms at Home: What Caregivers Want to Know
February 12, 2002 1 pm - 2 pm EST

Making Treatment Plans and Decisions: Caregivers' Roles and Rights
March 12, 2002 1 pm - 2 pm EST

Participants are asked to pre-register at least one week in advance. To register, please contact Ann Goelitz, CSW at 212-844-1502 or via email at agoelitz@bethisraelny.org.


What's New at the IMF:

Don't miss the IMF's upcoming Atlanta Patient & Family Seminar, March 8th and 9th at the Atlanta Marriott Marquis Hotel. Patient & Family Seminars are the best way to stay informed of new developments in the treatment and management of myeloma. Patients & Family Seminars are extremely valuable for both newly-diagnosed patients as well as long-term survivors. The myeloma world is rapidly changing and attending a seminar is a great way to stay "in the loop." Knowledge is power! The more you learn about myeloma, the easier it will be to make educated treatment choices. You may register online or by calling the IMF at (800) 452-CURE.


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