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Open Call to Nurses to Attend 15th Annual International Myeloma Workshop
The 15th International Myeloma Workshop will be held in Rome, Italy, September 23-26. During this important semi-annual event, a full-day nursing symposium will also take place on Wednesday, September 23rd. Nurses are invited and highly encouraged to attend. The symposium will include a keynote presentation by Joseph Tariman, Assistant Professor, School of Nursing at De Paul University, titled, “Integrating Myeloma Genomics into Nursing Practice: Patient Education and Shared Decision Making.”

The Untenable Cost of Cancer Drugs
The Supreme Court’s re-affirmation of Obamacare, aka the Affordable Care Act, is certainly good news, but the rising cost of cancer drugs threatens to bring down our medical insurance infrastructure – even as it places a morally questionable value on human life. “Healthcare is not a luxury, it is what is provided to citizens in a civilized society,” writes IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie.

Global Myeloma Action Network Tackles Patient Education and Access to Treatment

The IMF’s Global Myeloma Action Network (GMAN) recently gathered during the International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) Summit in Vienna, Austria. Representatives from myeloma patient groups in 23 countries met to discuss important myeloma issues, which as IMF Global Advocacy Executive Ray Wezik pointed out, also included “many successes.” Patient advocates around the globe are seeking more educational and financial resources, as well as access to more treatment options. 

New Drug Data Challenge Ways We Treat Myeloma
In his blog this week, IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie reviews the key highlights of the annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and the 2015 International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) Summit. Data from clinical trials of the monoclonal antibodies elotuzumab and daratumumab dominated discussions at both events, and Dr. Durie considers the challenges these new drugs present for how we treat myeloma. Click HERE to read his blog.

Watch Replay of ONS Presentation: Case Studies in Myeloma
The IMF sponsored a presentation of several myeloma case studies at the recent 41st Annual Congress of the Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) in Orlando, FL. The IMF Nurse Leadership Board’s Joseph D. Tariman, Ph.D., Beth Faiman, Ph.D.,Teresa Miceli, RN, and Sandra Kurtin, RN, MS, presented “Case Studies in Myeloma: Nursing Implications of Evolving Treatment Paradigms.” To watch the video presentations and see the complete set of slides, click HERE.

ICYMI: Click here to view the "Myeloma Updates 2015: Post ASCO/EHA/IMWG” replay
Join us for the “Myeloma Updates 2015: Post ASCO/EHA/IMWG” teleconference on Thursday, June 18 at 4 pm PT, 7 pm ET. The June teleconference will be presented by Dr. Brian Durie, IMF Chairman, who will recap important myeloma treatment and research trends after attending three major medical summits held around the world: the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO), the European Hematology Association (EHA) and the International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG).

The International Myeloma Foundation Applauds Bipartisan Introduction of Oral Parity Legislation

Legislation Works to Increase Patient Access to Anticancer Medications

ICYMI: Watch the replay of the IMWG Conference series.
Watch Drs. Brian Durie, Joseph Mikhael, Paul Richardson, and Ola Landgren discuss the latest trends in myeloma treatment.

Recored live at the IMWG summit Vienna, Austria June 10, 2015.

IMF Honors Pieter Sonneveld with the 2015 Robert A. Kyle Lifetime Achievement Award

Dr. Pieter Sonneveld is Chairman of the Dutch HOVON Myeloma Cooperative Group and he coordinates clinical trials in lymphoma, leukemia and multiple myeloma in The Netherlands. He is on the executive board of the European Hematology Association (EHA). He serves on the Scientific Advisory Boards of the IMF, the Myeloma UK Foundation, is a member of the Editorial Boards of more than eight major hematology publications, and is Associate Editor of Haematologica. He is Chairman of the European Myeloma Network. 

Watch the Top News from ASCO 2015
The IMF delivered highlights from the 51st annual meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) held May 29-June 2 in Chicago, Illinois via videos on our YouTube page. See overviews of the top news presented at ASCO from this great gathering of top physicians, like Mayo Clinic doctors Morie Gertz and Shaji Kumar. To watch the highlights, click here.

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