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March 28, 2013
March 28, 2013
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Vast Database of Cancer Patient Records Expands Knowledge Beyond Clinical Trials
The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) announced this week it will create a vast new database of information on the treatment of hundreds of thousands of cancer patients typically not studied in clinical trials. The searchable database will include data on more than 133,000 cases from oncology practices across the country. "We're very supportive of this," said IMF Chairman and Co-founder Dr. Brian Durie. "It's similar to what the International Myeloma Working Group has been doing for over a decade, collecting data from around the world." That data, he noted, has resulted in several significant myeloma studies published in recent years. Clifford A. Hudis, MD, ASCO President-Elect, predicts that the ability of his group to collect data and provide feedback will enable the delivery of "cutting-edge, state-of-the-art care to patients everywhere." ASCO ANNOUNCEMENT

IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie Interviewed on Sirius XM Radio's 'Oncology Show'
Dr. Brian Durie discussed the IMF's exciting new Black Swan Research Initiative and the future of myeloma treatment this week during an hour-long interview on Sirius XM Satellite Radio's "Oncology Show." Hosted by NYU oncologists Abraham Chachoua, MD, and William L. Carroll, MD, the weekly show is broadcast from the lobby of Manhattan-based NYU Langone Medical Center. Dr. Durie's segment will repeat Sunday, March 31, at 3 pm ET / noon PT, and will be available for one month via Sirius XM On Demand. (Subscription required; one-month free trial.)

Ask Your Congressional Representative to Support Drug Coverage Parity Act!
We need you to ask your U.S. representative to become an original co-sponsor of the Cancer Drug Coverage Parity Act as the sponsors prepare to reintroduce their legislation this Congress. The IMF Advocacy Team has made it easy for your voice to be heard! Just go to the IMF Action Alert page, fill in your zip code, and send an email to your legislative representative. Ask him or her to support the elimination of the disparity in insurance coverage and reimbursement between oral and intravenous anticancer treatments. THANKS!

Philadelphia Fundraiser with an Irish Accent Will
Benefit the IMF
Doug and Kate Farrell, long-time IMF supporters, are hosting their A SONG FOR IRELAND fundraiser, with proceeds to benefit the IMF. This fun-filled afternoon will be happening at the City Tap House, 3925 Walnut St., in Philadelphia on Sunday April 28, 2013 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., and will include a buffet, refreshments, Irish entertainment by Farrell & Flatley and Guests, raffles and prizes. For information and to RSVP, please contact dougfarrell51@gmail.com

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