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IMF Myeloma Minute: July 2, 2002

What's New in Myeloma Research:

Fever of Unknown Origin Caused by Multiple Myeloma.

Soluble syndecan-1 promotes growth of myeloma tumors in vivo.

Absence of biologically important Kaposi sarcoma-associated herpesvirus gene products and virus-specific cellular immune responses in multiple myeloma.

Low-dose total body irradiation followed by allogeneic lymphocyte infusion may induce remission in patients with refractory hematologic malignancy.

Chromosomal aberrations are shared by malignant plasma cells and a small fraction of circulating CD19+ cells in patients with myeloma and monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance.

Items of Interest:

New UK cancer network to improve treatment development.
(Viewing this article requires a free registration with Lancet Oncology.)

Clinical endpoints in trials of drugs for cancer: time for a rethink?

Long term care for older people.

National Geographic Channel to Air Special Segment on Arsenic
We have just learned that the National Geographic Channel will air a special segment on arsenic. Arsenic is being studied for use in treating myeloma. "Arsenic: Ancient Poison, Modern Cure" will air as part of National Geographic's Science Times program on Tuesday, July 16, Wednesday, July 17 and Sunday, July 21. Dates and times are subject to change -- check local listings or the National Geographic website at www.nationalgeographic.com/channel.

What's New at the IMF:

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!

Important Dates to Remember:

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 24-25, 2003

Useful Resources:

Kids Konnected - "Friendship, understanding, education and support for kids with a parent who has cancer."
The original Kids Konnected was formed in 1993 by then ll-year-old Jon Wagner-Holtz, after his mother was treated for breast cancer. At that time there were no programs where Jon could talk to other kids that knew what it was like to have a sick parent. Kids Konnected offers a 24-hour hotline, support groups (with chapters around the country), Teddy Bear Outreach program, summer camp and more. Of particular interest is the Children's Resource Library (found under "books").

With Special Thanks:

Each of the five issues of the IMF Myeloma Minute, to be published in July, are being made possible, in part, by a generous donation from Mr. Nils Hasselmo, in honor of Patricia Tillberg Hasselmo.

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