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June 25, 2002: IMF Myeloma Minute

What's New at the IMF:

The IMF is always on-the-go. Following are just a few of the many upcoming activities sponsored by the IMF:

IMF Patient & Family Seminar: Chicago, IL
August 16th and 17th

Ribbon of Hope: Making A World of Difference 12th Anniversary Gala
Washington D.C.
October 5th

IMF Patient & Family Seminar: Seattle, WA
November 8th and 9th

IMF Patient & Family Seminar: Los Angeles, CA
January 24th and 25th,2003

People Helping People!

The IMF works closely with an international network of more than 84 multiple myeloma support groups. Click here to find the support group nearest you. If there is not a myeloma support group in your area, why not consider starting one? The IMF can help! For more information, please contact Stephanie Colman at (800) 452-CURE x. 224 or via email at scolman@myeloma.org. The IMF also hosts an online support group, the IMF Myeloma ListServe.

Myeloma in the News:

The IMF family is saddened by the recent myeloma-related deaths of J. Carter Brown, Director of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts, and advice columnist, Ann Landers. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family and friends of Brown and Landers.

Items of Interest:

Patient advocate and health writer, Carol Svec, talks about the benefits of being an "active patient" in her first book, After Any Diagnosis: How to Take Action Against Your Illness Using the Best and Most Current Medical Information Available. Writes Svec:

"Getting diagnosed with an illness is like hearing the starting pistol at the beginning of a race. Whether it's a sprint or a marathon, a grueling endurance run or a jog through the park, the race is yours alone. No one can run it for you."

Learn more about Svec and her "active patient" philosophy by clicking here.

Research Abstracts:

Antisense strategy shows that Mcl-1 rather than Bcl-2 or Bcl-xL is an essential survival protein of human myeloma cells.

Dendritic cells are functionally defective in multiple myeloma: the role of interleukin-6.

Therapy for chronic graft-versus-host disease: a randomized trial comparing cyclosporine plus prednisone versus prednisone alone.

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

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.

Improved Outcome of Allogeneic Transplantation in High-Risk Multiple Myeloma Patients After Nonmyeloablative Conditioning.

Clinical Trials:

Combination Chemotherapy with or without Interferon Alfa in Untreated Multiple Myeloma.

Dexamethasone With or Without Thalidomide in Patients With Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma.

Treatment for Chronic Pain in Patients With Advanced Cancer.

Omega-3 Fatty Acids in Treating Patients With Advanced Cancer Who Have Significant Weight Loss.

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