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Myeloma Minute
January 23, 2014

January 23, 2014

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"Can I have surgery if I have myeloma?"


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Dr. Brian Durie Quoted in BioWorld Insight on Genetic Abnormalities Study

IMF Chairman and Co-Founder Brian G.M. Durie, MD, was quoted this week in BioWorld Insight (subscription required) about a new study that documents the widespread chromosomal abnormalities present in myeloma cells—and the potential challenge the abnormalities pose for genetically targeted treatment. "It's very appealing to look for a mutation that you can treat. But in complex cancers, it may not work," said Dr. Durie. Using combinations of genetically targeted treatment, he added, would be "hugely time consuming and expensive." The IMF Black Swan Research Initiative® approach offers a more effective pathway to a cure for myeloma, he explained, by "combining multifunctional agents that shut down multiple pathways."



The State of Play: Oral Anticancer Drug Legislation Across the Country

January is a time for new beginnings in state legislatures across the nation. Many of the oral anticancer treatment bills the IMF supported in 2013 are in play again in 2014 and bills are being introduced in new states. This legislation would require that insurance plans cover both oral and intravenous cancer treatments equally. To learn where the bills stand in Kentucky, Maine, Georgia, Missouri, and Wisconsin CLICK HERE



IMF Teleconference Highlights Top Topics at ASH 2013

The advantages of continuous therapy, the increasing importance of MRD testing, and the definitions of "high risk" were among the myeloma research news topics reviewed during "The Best of ASH 2013," a 90-minute teleconference presented by the IMF last week. Dr. Brian Durie highlighted the Top 10 topics presented at the 2013 annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology in New Orleans. The slide at right captures Dr. Durie's summary of findings. For all of the details we invite you to listen to the recorded teleconference by CLICKING HERE


A Patient Asks: Is It OK to Fire My Oncologist?

Writer Stephanie Roberson Barnard didn't want to be tagged as a "dif?cult patient," so she tolerated a series of frustrations, indiscretions, and bad manners at her oncologist's office. She wondered if she should fire him? "I spend the next few days contemplating what to do, arguing both sides in my head: Stay, it's only a few visits a year. Go, run like hell to another doctor!" she wrote in the Journal of Oncology Practice. READ HERE

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