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May 21, 2002: IMF Myeloma Minute
What's New at the IMF:

The IMF - We're Only a Phone Call Away!
Have a question related to myeloma? Looking for information about an upcoming IMF program? Just need to talk? The IMF is here! Our hot line is open Monday-Friday from 8am-5pm PT to help meet your needs. Please don't hesitate to call us at
(800) 452-CURE. At the IMF, we're helping patients today, while working on tomorrow's cure!

Are You Reading Myeloma Today?
Myeloma Today, the official newsletter of the IMF, is an excellent way to stay abreast of the latest developments in the treatment and management of myeloma. The newsletter is published six-times-per-year and is available by subscription, free-of-charge within the United States. International subscriptions are available for a nominal fee. Myeloma Today is an informative publication no myeloma patient should be without! Sign up today! You may also subscribe by calling the IMF at (800) 452-2873.

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. Become an advocate for the myeloma community! Every voice counts - make sure your voice is heard.

Make it a Week in Washington -- Extend Your Advocacy Trip to Include the IMF's D.C. Area Patient & Family Seminar!
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."

Myeloma in the News:

Small Steps on the Anti-Cancer Frontier

Millennium Researchers Announce Preliminary Phase I Findings of Proteasome Inhibitor MLN341 Against Several Solid Tumor Types (Company Press Release)

Items of Interest:

Undergoing a bone marrow biopsy is an uncomfortable, yet necessary experience for many myeloma patients. Many IMFers have reported that the use of the Goldenberg Snarecoil Needle significantly reduces the discomfort associated with the procedure. The Goldenberg needle is a specimen capturing needle that incorporates a tiny internal snare mechanism that coils around the tip of the specimen after it has entered the needle and thereby captures it. This mechanism eliminates the need to significantly move the needle after it has been advanced into the bone marrow tissue to sever and recover the specimen. Be sure to ask your doctor about this medical device prior to your next bone marrow biopsy.

Useful Resources:

Patient Advocate Foundation
The Patient Advocate Foundation is a national non-profit organization that serves as an active liaison between the patient and their insurer, employer and/or creditors to resolve insurance, job discrimination and/or debt crisis matters relative to their diagnosis through case managers, doctors and attorneys. The Patient Advocate Foundation seeks to safeguard patients through effective mediation assuring access to care, maintenance of employment and preservation of their financial stability.

Clinical Trials:

3 Regimens For the Prevention of Delayed Nausea After Chemotherapy in Patients With Chemotherapy-Naive Cancer

Arsenic Trioxide and Dexamethasone in Patients Who Have Recurred or Refractory Stage II or Stage III Multiple Myeloma

Epoetin Alfa in Patients With Multiple Myeloma and Chemotherapy Related Anemia

Research Abstracts:

Effects of Long-Term Intravenous Ibandronate Therapy on Skeletal-Related Events, Survival, and Bone Resorption Markers in Patients With Advanced Multiple Myeloma

Prognostic Factors for Malignant Transformation in Monoclonal Gammopathy of Undetermined Significance and Smoldering Multiple Myeloma

Kyphoplasty in the Treatment of Osteolytic Vertebral Compression Fractures as a Result of Multiple Myeloma

Self-Rated Health as a Predictor of Survival Among Patients With Advanced Cancer

Association of Depressive Syndrome and Early Deaths Among Patients After Stem-Cell Transplantation for Malignant Diseases

Psychiatric Morbidity and Impact on Hospital Length of Stay Among Hematologic Cancer Patients Receiving Stem-Cell Transplantation

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