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April 23, 2002: IMF Myeloma Minute

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What's New at the IMF:

Ribbon of Hope - Making a World of Difference 12th Anniversary Gala
Saturday, October 5, 2002 will be an evening of hope and celebration as the International Myeloma Foundation commemorates its 12th Anniversary Ribbon of Hope Gala in Washington, D.C. This will be a symbolic evening to honor the thousands of patients who are battling multiple myeloma and the people who are making a difference in the world of cancer. This year, we are honoring Daniel E. Smith, National Vice President for Federal and State Government Relations for the American Cancer Society. Dan is also the founder of One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC), a Washington, D.C.-based advocacy group dedicated to bringing cancer coalitions together to enhance policymakers' awareness of the need for substantial increases in essential cancer programs. We look forward to seeing you at this special event.

Find a Myeloma Support Group Online:
The IMF works closely with a network of more than 86 multiple myeloma support groups around the world. These groups are a valuable resource for myeloma patients, their family members and friends. Click here to find the support group nearest you. If there is not an in-person support group in your area, you can access the IMF Myeloma List Serve, an online support group with more than 1,500 members.

Research Abstracts:

Maintenance therapy with alternate-day prednisone improves survival in multiple myeloma patients.

Expression of CD66a in multiple myeloma.

Nontraditional cytotoxic therapies for relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma.

Tumor lysate-specific cytotoxic T lymphocytes in multiple myeloma: promising effector cells for immunotherapy.

Thalidomide in cancer treatment: a potential role in the elderly?

Clinical Trials:

Chemotherapy Plus Peripheral Stem Cell Transplantation in Treating Patients With Multiple Myeloma.

Phase III Randomized Study of Dexamethasone With or Without Thalidomide in Patients With Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma.

Related Reading:

Fatigue: Most Common, Distressing Cancer Symptom Can Be Treated

Minorities May Receive Different Cancer Treatment

Items of Interest:

Hospice Care - From the Mayo Clinic Health Letter
Medicine has made amazing strides in preventing illness and curing disease. Most people live longer and with less pain than in the past. Still, there may come a time in the course of certain diseases when a cure may not be possible. It's at this stage that many people choose hospice care.

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