This issue begins a new era in our continuing commitment to bring you news as it happens in the world of multiple myeloma. It seems like every day there is a breakthrough in cancer research. We turn on our TV and the nightly news is featuring a story about an exciting new therapy, coming soon to a doctor near you. You ask yourself, How does this relate to me? Will I be able to take advantage of this breakthrough? Where can I turn for answers and information as to whether or not this will affect myeloma research and treatments? The answer is, you can turn to the IMF.
You can also turn to Myeloma Today. And now you'll be able to do it more frequently. Beginning with this issue, Myeloma Today will no longer be a quarterly newsletter. As we strive to keep you abreast of news as it happens, we will begin publishing our newsletter six times per year.
The IMF began publication of Myeloma Today in 1992. Over the past 8 years we've published 28 issues, covering a broad range of topics. In each issue we profiled an IMF Scientific Advisor, asking for their opinions on myeloma treatments, therapies and the most promising avenues for research. Myeloma Today also published an in-depth series on the role of bone marrow and stem cell transplants and covered the exciting news regarding recent breakthroughs in treatments for bone disease. We also introduced our readers to other IMF members through their stories of hope, successes and courage.
We are excited about our new format, not only will you receive information faster, you can also look forward to:
- Advocacy updates - keeping our voices heard is paramount to ensuring increased government funding for myeloma research.
- Scientific articles - reporting on research, clinical trials and new therapies.
- Profile interviews - learning what the world's experts are working on offers a window into the future of myeloma treatment.
- Patients and Caregivers stories - sharing experiences covering a broad range of topics that are of interest to all.
- Calendar of Events - helping you stay current with what's coming up.
I know that you'll find this new format helpful. As I've often said, knowledge is power. While we work on funding a cure, the IMF is commited to providing you with the information you need to make the right treatment choices .