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April 2, 2002: IMF Myeloma Minute

Items of Interest:

One Voice Against Cancer Advocacy Days, June 3rd & 4th, 2002
Join forces with fellow myeloma patients, their families, friends and the IMF as we come together to lobby for an increased research budget for the National Cancer Institute. Make a week of it! Show your support on Capitol Hill and help make a difference for myeloma patients everywhere, and then attend the IMF's DC Area Patient & Family Seminar on June 7th and 8th! Stay tuned for upcoming announcements about this important advocacy event.

Order an Official IMF Ribbon of Hope Pin and Show Others That You Support Myeloma Research!
Wearing ribbons has become a wonderful way for people to show their support for patients and family members coping with cancer and other diseases. The IMF, working with a number of patient volunteers, has produced a unique ribbon for the myeloma community. Our Multiple Myeloma Ribbon of Hope lets people know you care and will call attention to the need for action to find a cure. Making it truly distinct are the two M’s in the center of the ribbon, “MM” for multiple myeloma. Ribbons are available by donation (minimum donation of $5, please). Orders Yours Today!

Caregivers Need Care, Too!
Don't miss this comprehensive guide for caregivers, available as a PDF file (Adobe Acrobat Reader required). This informative guide has been posted with the permission of the Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Hospital, original authors of the guide.

Cancer Research Findings Available in Free Webcast
The American Association for Cancer Research will webcast many events, presentations and interviews from its 93rd Annual Meeting, starting Sunday, April 7th, 2002. The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR), a scientific society of over 17,000 laboratory and clinical cancer researchers, was founded in 1907 to facilitate communication and dissemination of knowledge among scientists and others dedicated to the cancer problem; to foster research in cancer and related biomedical sciences; to encourage presentation and discussion of new and important observations in the field; to foster public education, science education, and training; and to advance the understanding of cancer etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment throughout the world.

IMF Members put the FUN in Fundraising!
The International Myeloma Foundation is proud of the fact that we have such a loyal and proactive membership, many of whom are doing whatever they can to help fund myeloma research by organizing regional fundraisers throughout the year. These successful events have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for myeloma research. More importantly, they remind each of us that you're never too young or too old to become involved and help make a difference. Activities include walk-a-thons, bake sales, dinner dances, fashion shows, golf tournaments, March Madness basketball tournaments, letter writing campaigns and even a penny collection drive! These activities not only raise funds, but also raise awareness of myeloma. You're only limited by your imagination! If you are interested in organizing a fundraising activity in your area, and would like help, please let us know! Call us at (800) 452-CURE. Check out some of the exciting member-organized fundraisers that will take place in the coming months.

Recommend Reading for Cancer Patients, Families and Friends
Informational website, TheCancer.info has compiled a suggested reading list based on recommendations from oncologists and cancer patients. Should you wish to purchase any of the books listed on this page, we encourage you jot down the name and author, then click here to order the books online via the IMF's Shop for a Cure program. (Please note: You must access Shop for a Cure via the above link to ensure that the IMF receives credit for your purchase.)

Research Abstracts:

Defining the genetic chaos in myeloma.

A Long-Term Study of Prognosis in Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance.

Thalidomide in cancer.

Clinical Trials:

Specialized Blood Cell Transplants for Cancers of the Blood and Bone Marrow.

Combination Chemotherapy With or Without Cyclophosphamide and Prednisone in Treating Older Patients With Multiple Myeloma.

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

Combination Chemotherapy in Treating Patients With Multiple Myeloma.

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