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March 26, 2002: IMF Myeloma Minute

What's New at the IMF:

Caregivers Need Care, Too!
The International Myeloma Foundation is pleased to offer a comprehensive guide for caregivers. This guide is available for download as a .pdf file (Adobe Acrobat Reader required) and has been posted with the permission of the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Medical Center, original authors of this informative guide. This manual provides a wealth of general information of interest to all caregivers. For questions specific to myeloma caregivers, please call us at (800) 452-CURE.

IMF to Host Patient & Family Seminar in Our Nation's Capitol
The International Myeloma Foundation will host a Patient & Family Seminar in the
Washington DC area at the Ritz-Carlton in Tyson's Corners, VA on June 7th and 8th, 2002. IMF Seminars are the best way to stay abreast of the latest developments in the treatment and management of multiple myeloma. They are excellent for both newly-diagnosed patients as well as "myeloma veterans." Our distinguished panel of myeloma specialists include:

  • Dr. Brian G.M. Durie - Novel therapies, including new technologies for myeloma.
  • Dr. Philip Greipp - Supportive care and complications of myeloma bone disease.
  • Dr. Robert Kyle - Myeloma 101 / MGUS
  • Dr. Sundar Jagannath - High dose therapy and transplant.
  • Dr. Vincent Rajkumar - Approaches to newly diagnosed myeloma and conventional therapies.

The registration fee is $95 per person for the Saturday seminar or $145 for both the Saturday seminar and a Friday evening welcome reception and dinner. For more information, or to register, please call Suzanne Battaglia at (800) 452-CURE x. 227. We look forward to seeing you at the Seminar!

Can We Count on Your Support?
Join us on Capitol Hill for a very important advocacy activity, One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC) Advocacy Days, June 3rd and 4th, 2002. It's extremely important for members of the myeloma community to show their support of this event as we lobby for an increased research budget for the National Cancer Institute. Plan to make a week of it - show your support on Capitol Hill and help make a different for myeloma patients everywhere, attend the IMF's DC Area Patient & Family Seminar on June 7th and 8th and see the sights of our Nation's Capitol in between! For more information about this important advocacy event, please contact us at (800) 452-CURE.

Items of Interest:

Mayo Clinic Study Defines Patients at Greater Risk for Developing Multiple Myeloma and Related Bone Marrow Cancers.

Medicare wrestles with drug coverage, payouts.

Finally, Science Weighs In
Many people swear by nontraditional therapies such as acupuncture and herbs. To determine the value of these alternatives to consumers, government researchers are testing unconventional medicine.

Research Abstracts:

Immunization against murine multiple myeloma with fusions of dendritic and plasmacytoma cells is potentiated by interleukin 12.

Clinical Trials:

Chemotherapy, Stem Cell Transplantation and Donor and Patient Vaccination for Treatment of Multiple Myeloma.

Antibiotic Therapy in Preventing Early Infection in Patients With Multiple Myeloma Who Are Receiving Chemotherapy.

Bevacizumab With or Without Thalidomide in Treating Patients With Relapsed or Refractory Multiple Myeloma.

Combination Chemotherapy With or Without Interferon alfa in Treating Patients With Previously Untreated Multiple Myeloma.

Chemotherapy Plus Steroid Therapy in Treating Patients With Multiple Myeloma.

With Special Thanks...

This issue of the IMF Myeloma Minute was made possible in part by a donation from Mark DiCicilia, in memory of IMF founder, Brian D. Novis.

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