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June 13, 2002: IMF Myeloma Minute
What's New at the IMF:

IMF Participates In Senate Hearing On Cancer Research Funding As Part Of One Voice Against Cancer Advocacy Day
The IMF joined over 40 organizations participating in the One Voice Against Cancer Advocacy Day on June 3-4th in Washington, DC. The highlight of the Advocacy Day was a Senate Hearing, chaired by Senator Harkin. IMF President Susie Novis testified as part of a panel that included Dr. Elmer Huerta of the Washington Hospital Center, Dr. Ronald Herberman, Director of the Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, IMF President Susie Novis, brain cancer survivor Michael Bruene and AOL Time Warner Chariman Steve Case. Click here to access a webcast of the hearing, as well as to view copies Ms. Novis' oral and written testimony.

IMF to Host Educational Patient and Family Seminar in Chicago, IL
Mark your calendar to attend the IMF's upcoming Chicago Patient and Family Seminar, August 16th and 17th. Patient & Family Seminars are the best way to stay abreast of the latest developments in the treatment and management of myeloma, while meeting and interacting with fellow myeloma patients and their families.

IMF to Host its First-Ever Multiple Myeloma Awareness Week
The IMF is pleased to announce the first-ever, Multiple Myeloma Awareness Week, August 26th - September 1st. Learn how you can become involved!

Become a Part of the IMF's Multiple Myeloma Quilt of Courage
The IMF's Multiple Myeloma Quilt of Courage is a creative project designed to celebrate the lives of those affected by multiple myeloma. For a minimum donation of $25, you will receive a 12x12 inch cotton fabric square to decorate in any manner that you choose (sewing, iron-on design, fabric paint, etc.). Fabric squares can be customized in honor of a loved one currently battling myeloma, or in memory of a loved ones courageous fight against the disease. Only 100 squares will be offered in 2002. The decorated squares will be crafted into a series of quilts that will become a travelling display at future IMF meetings and events. Click here to learn how you can become a part of this very special project.

Research Abstracts:

Immunologic effects of prophylactic donor lymphocyte infusion after allogeneic marrow transplantation for multiple myeloma.

Apoptotic signaling induced by immunomodulatory thalidomide analogs in human multiple myeloma cells: therapeutic implications.

Autologous stem cell transplantation for primary systemic amyloidosis.

Clinical Trials:

Chemotherapy, Vaccine Therapy, and Peripheral Stem Cell Transplantation in Treating Patients With Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma

Arsenic Trioxide and Dexamethasone in Treating Patients With Recurrent or Refractory Stage II or Stage III Multiple Myeloma

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

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

Epoetin Alfa in Patients With Multiple Myeloma and Chemotherapy Related Anemia

Arsenic Trioxide + Vitamin C in Patients with Multiple Myeloma

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