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Myeloma Minute
June 21, 2012
June 21, 2012
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Send Us Your Silent Auction Tips!

We’re getting ready for the 6th Annual Silent Auction and Comedy Celebration on October 27 and need your help! Send us the names of your favorite restaurants, spas, wineries, resorts, etc., and we’ll do the rest! Email to Janice Estrada, IMF Development: jestrada@myeloma.org. Many thanks!

Upcoming Events

Milwaukee Regional Community Workshop Milwaukee, Wisconsin Sat, June 23, 2012

Register for Free Teleconference: Myeloma Updates 2012
Brian G.M. Durie, MD, summarizes highlights of ASCO/ EHA/ IMWG Summit for patients, family members, caregivers and healthcare professionals.

Thur, June 28, 2012


Committee Votes 11-1 to Approve Carfilzomib: A Great Day for the Myeloma Community

At the Oncologic Drugs Advisory Committee (ODAC) hearing yesterday in Silver Spring, Maryland, the committee voted to approve carfilzomib for use in the relapse/refractory setting (11 yes; one abstention). This strong support indicates a high likelihood of FDA approval—with the final decision due by July 27th. READ MORE

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Voice of Patients Critical in Championing Life-Saving Drugs
In this week’s news about myeloma drugs carfilzomib, Revlimid and pomalidomide, one thing stood out: the power of personal stories of patients and caregivers to put a human face on the disease. READ MORE
Standing Up for Cancer Patients in Our Nation’s Capital
In 2010, the IMF founded PEAC, the Patient Equal Access Coalition, to ensure that cancer patients have equal and appropriate access to all cancer treatments. Along with coalition members from breast, lung and brain cancer advocacy organizations, among others, we are holding an advocacy day in Washington D.C. on June 26th. The good news is that you can participate right from your house! READ MORE
Caregiver Wife Blog: ‘It Just Doesn't Get Any More Real Than This’
Kim McLaughlin was enjoying a date with her husband, but just hours later he was violently shaking with a fever. “I covered him in blankets, called the clinic, gave him a Biaxin, and began reading to him from a book I checked out of the library called ‘The Mythic Journey.’ " The couple was on their own journey— alternately isolating and bonding—but always very real. READ MORE

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