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October 18, 2012

October 18, 2012
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Saturday, October 27, 2012

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March 1-2, 2013
IMWG Researcher Herve Avet-Loiseau Shows That High-Risk Chromosome (FISH) Data Enhance The Value of ISS Staging
In the largest collaborative International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) study to date, chromosome FISH data were combined with ISS staging information to develop a new and improved classification system for myeloma patients at diagnosis. Two especially interesting points are that: 1) Low ISS stage to some extent counteracts the negative prognostic impact of t(4;14) and (17)p-chromosome changes; and 2) Autologous stem cell transplant can improve outcome for some poor-risk patients. The study appears in the journal Leukemia this month. READ MORE

A Follow-Up on Real Food: Maybe There Are Some Cookies You Can Eat!
After last week’s teleconference “10 Steps To Better Nutrition,” numerous comments, questions, and helpful suggestions came into the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF). It is clear that many details about food and drinks are of great interest. In his blog, Dr. Brian G.M. Durie, IMF Chairman and Co-founder, separates the good cookies (and sodas) from the bad. READ MORE

In the News: What Can Be Done About the High Cost of Cancer Drugs?
The high cost of cancer drugs is very much in the news right now. It was just discussed in a New York Times editorial by physicians at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center in New York. In addition, IMWG and IMF Board Member, Dr. Vincent Rajkumar from the Mayo Clinic, just co-authored an article in the Mayo Clinic Proceedings reviewing what can be done about the high cost of cancer drugs (including drugs for myeloma). Key points of interest and importance are the need for more precise treatment guidelines, establishing rules for drugs which fulfill areas of unmet need (such as in myeloma) and better ways to handle drugs when they become generic “off patent.” Interesting reading and just the beginning of an evolving story!

The 6th Annual Comedy Celebration Silent Auction Catalog Is Here!
The 6th Annual Comedy Celebration is just around the corner. This event has raised more than $3 million for the Peter Boyle Research Fund. Even if you cannot be at the event on October 27th, you can still take part in the evening’s silent auction – through online and proxy bidding. Check out the catalog of auction items, which range from tropical retreats to Lakers tickets to designer jewelry. To bid, just download and complete the Proxy Bid form and send it back to our office before Friday, October 26th noon PT. Volunteers will bid on your behalf throughout the evening! Can’t wait? Selected items have been reserved for our ONLINE ONLY catalog and are available for online bidding right now! Happy bidding!

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