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April 18, 2013
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IMF Responds to Proposed Changes in CMS PET Scan Policy
Advocating for all myeloma patients, Dr. Brian G.M. Durie, IMF Chairman and Co-Founder, has submitted a public comment to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding a new CMS proposal stating that local Medicare & Medicaid boards would review requests for scans beyond the first covered scan. The IMF played a critical role in establishing the importance of PET scans and securing coverage for myeloma scans in 2009, and continues to advocate for coverage of multiple PET scans as deemed appropriate by a patient's physician.

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International Myeloma Working Group Member Receives Research Grant from ASH
Dr. Suzanne Lentzsch, a myeloma researcher at Columbia University Medical Center and member of the IMF's International Myeloma Working Group, won a $100,000 research grant from the American Society of Hematology (ASH). ASH is trying to keep key research going after federal budget cuts hurt funding. Dr. Lentzsch is researching multiple myeloma. A loss of funding would have caused "a big loss in data, knowledge and potential targets and treatments for myeloma patients," she said. READ MORE

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Understanding Health Disparities in Cancer: The Case of Multiple Myeloma
On Thursday, April 11th, the IMF held a briefing to discuss health disparities in cancer on Capitol Hill. Disparities persist in multiple myeloma, which affects African Americans approximately twice as often as Caucasians and Hispanics. Additionally, African Americans are more likely to succumb to myeloma, even when controlling for factors such as location. In a packed room of Congressional staff and colleagues from other cancer organizations, participants heard from expert speakers on the challenges of reducing and eliminating cancer health disparities for patients with multiple myeloma. READ MORE

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14th Annual "JC" Golf Tournament Supports Myeloma Education, Treatment, Research
The 14th Annual "JC" Golf Tournament will be held on Saturday, May 18th, at the Wapicada Golf Course in St. Cloud, Minnesota. An afternoon of golf will be followed by dinner, prizes, a silent auction and a dance that evening. Last year, the tournament raised over $14,000 for the IMF. In the past 13 years, the tournament has raised approximately $215,000 to benefit the IMF. READ MORE
 
 

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