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February 26, 2002: IMF Myeloma Minute
Myeloma in the News:

FDA Approves Novartis Drug Zometa for the Treatment of Cancer-Related Bone Complications
February 22, 2002 - Basel - The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) today approved the Novartis drug Zometa® (zoledronic acid) for the treatment of patients with multiple myeloma and patients with documented bone metastases from solid tumors, in conjunction with standard antineoplastic therapy.

View a fact sheet about Zometa.

Progression of Monoclonal Gammopathy Less Frequent Than Previously Estimated
February 22, 2002 (Reuters) - NEW YORK - In patients with monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), the risk of progressing to multiple myeloma or related disorders is about 1% per year, according to a report published in the February 21st issue of The New England Journal of Medicine.

View the related abstract, as printed in The New England Journal of Medicine.

Research Updates:

The following research updates have been published in the March 1, 2002 issue of Blood.

Global gene expression profiling of multiple myeloma, monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance, and normal bone marrow plasma cells.

Immunophenotypic evaluation of the plasma cell compartment in multiple myeloma: a tool for comparing the efficacy of different treatment strategies and predicting outcome.

Defining the genetic chaos in myeloma.

What's New at the IMF:

There's Still Time to Register...
Don't Miss Out!

IMF Patient & Family Seminar
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.

IMFers Are Making a Difference...
The International Myeloma Foundation is proud of the fact that we work with a wonderful group of patients, many of whom are going the extra mile to help others while supporting the IMF. Check out their innovative fundraising ideas including the 4th annual "Fashions-4-A-Cure Fashion Show," second annual "Myeloma March" and the "4th Annual Corporate Cup Challenge". To learn how you can become involved and organize a regional fundraiser in your area, please call us at (800) 452-CURE.

Items of Interest:

New Approaches to Managing Pain, Breakthrough Pain & the Discomforts of Cancer
Tuesday, March 12, 2002 1pm - 2pm Eastern Time
A free Cancer Care teleconference workshop for people living with cancer, their families, friends and health care professionals. This teleconferne seminar will address the major causes of pain, myths about pain medication and practical strategies to work with your doctor and/or helathcare provider to obtain maximum pain relief. Participants will learn about how to manage cancer pain, including breakthrough pain and the discomforts of cancer. There is no fee for this teleconference, however participants must register in advance. You may register online or by calling (800) 813-HOPE.

Caregivers Need Care, Too!
It's not always easy caring for a loved one with multiple myeloma. While taking care of the patient, don't forget to take care of yourself, too. The following resources offer some useful tips and advice for caregivers.

ACOR Cancer Caregivers List-Serve
An Internet discussion forum for cancer caregivers.

National Family Caregivers Association
A grass roots organization created to educate, support, empower and speak up for the millions of Americans who care for chronically ill, aged or disabled loved ones.

Cancer Caregivers: A Resource Guide
A book of tips and information provided by fellow cancer caregivers. Says the authors:
"From our experience as cancer caregivers, we have learned and collected many useful tips and essential functions that we would like to share with you. This book is a result of our collection of hundreds of personal notes and tips from our journals, extensive research on cancer, and caregiving. We structured the book by providing practical, ready-to-use tips on the right-hand pages that correlate with our caregiving experiences on the left-hand pages."

Today's Caregiver Magazine
Caregiver Media Group is a leading provider of information, support and guidance for family and professional caregivers. Founded in 1995, they produce Today's Caregiver Magazine, the first national magazine dedicated to caregivers, the "Sharing Wisdom Caregivers Conferences", and a web site caregiver.com which includes topic specific newsletters, online discussion lists, back issue articles of Today's Caregiver Magazine, chat rooms and an online store. Caregiver Media Group and all of it's products are developed for caregivers, about caregivers and by caregivers. 

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