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September 11, 2002 IMF Myeloma Minute

What's in the News:

What's New in Myeloma Research:

Advocacy Update:

    The process to approve federal funding for cancer research funding is moving into a critical phase this month. This month the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education is expected to approve its bill. more>>

    There is, however, a great deal of concern that its figures will not be as high as those approved by the Senate subcommittee. It is imperative for all advocates in the myeloma and cancer communities to make their voices heard now.

    Please call and write your members of Congress to ask them to support the completion of the doubling of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) budget, the Senate Appropriations subcommittee's recommendations for the National Cancer Institute (NCI), and funding for the cancer control and prevention programs at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Items of Interest:
  • 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.
  • 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. The deadline has been extended to be October 15th.
  • 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...
As a non-profit organization, the IMF is completely dependent on the support of our members. Please consider showing your support by making a tax-deductible donation today. Donations in honor of a friend or family member make great gifts and are a wonderful way to celebrate a special occasion. You can donate online or by calling the IMF at (800) 452-CURE. We sincerely thank you for your support.

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