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February 13, 2014

February 13, 2014

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Longtime NBC News Anchor Tom Brokaw Announces Multiple Myeloma Diagnosis

Former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw's announcement this week that he has multiple myeloma is shining a national spotlight on what is, for many people, a little-known cancer. "We were saddened to learn that Tom Brokaw has multiple myeloma and everyone at the IMF wishes him well," said IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie. "Fortunately, advancements in myeloma research and treatment make it possible for many patients to live active lives for years. His courageous announcement raises awareness of myeloma – which is absolutely critical to ensuring positive outcomes."

The IMF supports all myeloma patients through its robust research, advocacy, support and education programs, while the IMF's signature Black Swan Research Initiative® is finding a pathway to a cure for myeloma. Our website is a comprehensive resource for myeloma news and guidance. Here is an excellent place to start: NEWLY DIAGNOSED?


Newest Myeloma Treatment Now Approved for Patients in Canada

Myeloma patients in Canada who have exhausted all other treatments will now be able to turn to POMALYST® (pomalidomide), an oral therapy approved this week by Health Canada. "When current drugs stop working, patients who've been through the full arsenal of available treatments need powerful new therapeutics, and Pomalyst is one of the newest medications that meets that need," said Brian G.M. Durie, M.D., Chairman and Co-founder of the IMF. READ MORE HERE


New Cancer Insurance Checklist: Ahora En Español

As implementation of the health reform law (the Affordable Care Act) continues, the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) is pleased to announce the launch of a Spanish-language version of the successful resource, the Cancer Insurance Checklist. The guide is designed to assist people who have cancer, have a history of cancer or who are at risk for cancer choose a health insurance plan. The Spanish-language version of this checklist is entitled Guía de Cobertura Médica para Personas con Cáncer. The deadline to register and purchase coverage through the marketplaces for 2014 is March 31, 2014. READ MORE HERE


Everything You Wanted to Know about "Chemo Brain"

The IMF presents a free teleconference that explores the fascinating subject of "chemo brain" during the organization's "Living Well with Myeloma" series on Thursday, March 13, at 4 pm PT / 7 pm ET. "Chemo Brain – Is It Real?" will be led by Pamela Joyce Shapiro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at Temple University, and includes a Q & A. REGISTER HERE

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