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August 8, 2013
08.08.13
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The IMF's Black Swan Research Initiative Featured in New Video
Excitement over the launch of the IMF's Black Swan Research Initiative (BSRI) is spreading throughout the myeloma community. In this video interview with Patient Power's Andrew Schorr, Dr. William Bensinger, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance myeloma expert, describes the "enormous" progress in myeloma treatment in the last 15 years, which has set the stage for the BSRI's undertaking to find a definitive cure. Myeloma isn't just one disease, says Dr. Bensinger, who is a member of the International Myeloma Working Group. "It's several different sub-clones of disease. Understanding what those subtypes are and how best to eradicate them is part of this initiative." WATCH THE VIDEO ABOUT THE IMF'S BLACK SWAN RESEARCH INITIATIVE
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Food News: The Good, the Bad, and the Debatable Revisited

Do vegetarians have a lower incidence of myeloma? What’s really in Vitaminwater? And why is the FDA investigating pomegranate seeds from Turkey? In his blog this week, Dr. Brian Durie, IMF Chairman, considers “The Good, the Bad, and the Debatable” in the latest food news.
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Bill Would Ensure Cancer Patients Get Guidance to Make Fully Informed Decisions
The moment people are diagnosed with cancer they must make life-altering treatment decisions, sometimes without completely understanding the implications. Currently, the cancer care structure does not reimburse health care providers for performing the counseling needed to ensure that patients make fully informed decisions. The Planning Actively for Cancer Treatment (PACT) Act of 2013, introduced in the House, will provide Medicare beneficiaries a new service by incentivizing physicians to create a written care plan and to discuss and alter the plan based on shared decisions made with the patient. CLICK HERE TO ASK YOUR LEGISLATOR TO SUPPORT PACT
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Halloween-Themed Fundraiser Aims to "Scare Away Cancer"
The first annual "Scare Away Cancer" myeloma fundraiser on Sunday, October 27 in La Quinta, California will boast an array of family-oriented activities, including face-painting, a "bounce house," costume contest and hamburger/hot dog stand. Attendees can also participate in a "walkabout" at the event, which will take place at a local baseball field. READ MORE
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