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September 4, 2002 IMF Myeloma Minute
09.05.02

What's New at the IMF:

  • Expert Opinions on Multiple Myeloma™ has arrived!
    A multimedia, CME-accredited program for physicians with the chance to see world-renowned myeloma specialists sharing their knowledge, discussing treatment choices, and comparing their perspectives on controversial issues in multiple myeloma and related diseases.
  • Announcing the IMF's new MM Interactive
    An exciting new way for myeloma patients to get involved at patient seminars.

What's New in Myeloma Research:


Advocacy Update:
  • One Voice Against Cancer (OVAC) advocates are scheduled to meet with members of Congress about the need for cancer research funding. We encourage you to join with advocates in your area to spread the OVAC message.

    Please contact Greg Brozeit at greg.brozeit@worldnet.att.net or 818-728-4291 if you wish to schedule meetings with your members of Congress.

Items of Interest:
  • Time trends in cancer incidence and mortality in central Italy
    E Crocetti1; E Paci1; G Miccinesi1; A Seniori Costantini2; M Zappa1
    European Journal of Cancer Prevention 2002;11:387-395

    Time trends in cancer incidence and mortality represent an essential tool for monitoring the changes in population lifestyle and in the environmental risks and the effectiveness of the health system on cancer control in a specific area. During 1985­1997 82 506 malignant tumours were diagnosed in the Tuscany Cancer Registry, central Italy (about 1 200 000 inhabitants) and 54 979 cancer deaths registered in the period 1985­1999 by the Regional Mortality Registry were analysed. A statistically significant decrease in incidence was evidenced for stomach and gallbladder in both sexes, and for oesophagus, larynx and lung among males. Significant increases were documented for melanomas of the skin, kidney and non-Hodgkin's lymphoma in both sexes for colon, prostate and Kaposi's sarcoma among males and for breast, thyroid and multiple myeloma among females. Mortality decreased significantly for stomach and thyroid in both sexes and for oral cavity and pharynx, oesophagus, rectum, larynx, lung, bone, prostate, testis and Hodgkin's disease among males and colon, gallbladder and breast among females. Mortality increased for soft tissue, brain and multiple myeloma. In conclusion, most of these data can be explained as the effect of the modifications that occurred in smoking habits between the sexes and as the consequence of the primary and secondary prevention activities that are ongoing in the area.

  • Bank On A Cure
    The IMF is pleased to announce the launch of Bank On A Cure™, a groundbreaking international collaborative effort to establish a method to find new treatments while customizing care for current patients.
  • Myeloma At The Movies.
    It has been our goal to bring our Patient & Family Seminars to people around the country who might not be able to attend an actual meeting, so we have set up a video lending library....
  • The IMF 's 12th Anniversary Gala, Ribbon of Hope - Making a World of Difference, will be held on October 5, 2002, at the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, DC. We would love to see all of you there, however we know that many of you might not be able to attend. The IMF would like you to consider buying one $300 ticket to enable one patient—who might otherwise be unable to attend—to join us for what we know will be a wonderful and uplifting evening. The person attending will be there as your ambassador; you will be acknowledged at the event. The IMF is people helping people. Thank you for all you do to help the IMF help others and make a world of difference.
  • The OMNI Network matches oncology nurses chosen from the local community with cancer support groups. They present a 45-minute interactive educational session to the group that includes discussion, patient materials, and resources. Take advantage of this collaborative effort between the IMF and Oncology Nurses and schedule a session for your support group.
  • Myeloma Matrix now available!
    The IMF is committed to providing a total overview of the "future" as well as the current state of myeloma treatments. The Myeloma Matrix provides updated information about drugs beginning with pre-clinical developments and tracks drugs as they proceed through Phases I – III of clinical trials, drugs that have been FDA approved, and information on trials that are being conducted by NCI- sponsored cooperative groups as well as other myeloma study groups. Call the toll-free hotline (800) 452-2873 for your copy.

Important Dates to Remember:

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


Clinical Trials:

Melphalan, Total-Body Irradiation, and Peripheral Stem Cell Transplantation Compared With Combination Chemotherapy in Treating Patients With Previously Untreated Multiple Myeloma.

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

Combination Chemotherapy in Treating Patients With Multiple Myeloma.

Conditioning Therapy and Blood or Marrow Transplantation in Patients With Severe Hematologic Malignancy.

Epoetin Alfa in Patients With Multiple Myeloma and Chemotherapy Related Anemia.

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


Exciting Opportunities:

  • Shop for the Cure:
    Many of the finest e-tailers on the internet will make a donation to the IMF if you enter their websites via our "Shop for the Cure" page and then make a purchase. If you shop on the internet, it's a great way to help the IMF. Just visit our "Shop for the Cure" page at http://shop.myeloma.org
  • Multiple Myeloma Quilt of Courage
    All the squares for the first quilt have been sold! We are now taking orders for the second quilt. Deadline will be September 27th.
  • The live auction for 12th Anniversary Gala promises to be spectacular! Here are just a few of the exciting items that have been donated:
    • Adorable chocolate Labrador puppy
      Bid on this boy, and take him home!

    • Six days and five nights at the Villagio Inn in Yountville/Napa Valley including spa treatments and airfare
    • Original Joshua Ellenberg painting
    • Safari to Africa for two
    • Diamond necklace
    • 4 days, 3 nights at the Canyon Ranch Spa in the Berkshire Mountains for two
    • Colorado River Adventure for two, for one week
    • Nicole Miller original gown, designed especially for the IMF, including alterations
    • Two Redskins Tickets in special box seats, plus a party after the game in Dan Snyder's private box
    • Five nights at the Clarion Hotel in Paris plus Business Class airfare.

Help Us Help Others...
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