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July 9, 2002: IMF Myeloma Minute

What's New in Myeloma Research:

Clinical Data Demonstrate Actimid(TM) Well Tolerated And Active in Multiple Myeloma.

Velcade(TM) gets "Fast Track" Status for Multiple Myeloma.

Vaccine Protects Transplant Patients from Shingles.

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

Items of Interest:

As featured in this month's issue of CURE Magazine:

“It’s smart,” Lee Grayson says ruefully, describing the myeloma he’s been fighting for eight years. “It’s an immune system cell, and it’s wonderfully designed to help protect your body. So now you have this cell that’s turning on you, but because it’s so wonderfully designed it’s hard to get rid of the darned thing." Click here to read this in-depth article about multiple myeloma. The article appears in the current issue of CURE, a new magazine for cancer patients and their caregivers. For a free subscription to CURE, click here.

CancerCare, Inc. to Host Free Teleconference on Peripheral Neuropathy
Tuesday, July 30, 2002
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET
Peripheral neuropathy, characterized by weakness, numbness, tingling and pain in the hands and feet, is a common complaint among myeloma patients. This teleconference will address pain characteristics, assessment of neuropathy treatment, impact on patient quality-of-life and doctor/patient communication. This teleconference is free, but participants must pre-register by calling CancerCare at (800) 813-HOPE or (212) 712-8080. You may also register online at www.cancercare.org. Once you have registered, you will receive an information packet that will include instructions on how to dial-in and participate in the call.

IMF UK Office Reports on 7th Congress of the European Haematology Association Meeting via a Special Edition of the MM Tracker.

Important Dates to Remember:

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

International Myeloma Foundation Multiple Myeloma Awareness Week
August 26th - September 1st

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

Exciting Opportunities:

Multiple Myeloma Quilt of Courage
There's still time to order a square for the IMF's Multiple Myeloma Quilt of Courage. The 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.).

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