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Darzalex recommended for conditional approval by the European Medicines Agency (EMA)
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has recommended granting a conditional marketing authorisation for Darzalex (daratumumab) for the treatment of adults with relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma. Darzalex is to be used in patients whose previous treatment included a proteasome inhibitor and an immunomodulatory agent (other types of cancer medicines) and whose disease worsened after treatment.

From Cuba to Seattle to Parrots: A Busy Week in Science News!
In his blog this week, IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie takes readers on a fast tour of the latest cancer research news: Might a lung cancer vaccine from Cuba help treat myeloma? Is CART-cell therapy a “cancer moonshot”? And can parrots—who are apparently Einsteins at sorting out combinations and sequences—shed light on questions beyond which fat seed is most delicious? Plus, a round-up of the week’s top research papers. To read Dr. Durie’s blog, click HERE.

CLICK here to watch the replay of the "Living Well with Myeloma: IMF's Expert Panel Answers Your Top Concerns" Teleconference
As part of Myeloma ACTION Month, the International Myeloma Foundation presents “Living Well with Myeloma” teleconference series. On Thursday, March 24, 2016, at 4 PM PT / 7 PM ET, an IMF expert panel will answer your top concerns. The panelists include Drs. Brian Durie, Rafat Abonour, and S. Vincent Rajkumar. Once registered, participants will receive an email with dial-in instructions, conference ID#, and a link to slides. To register for free, click HERE.

Amidst Today's Healthcare Reality, a Shiny Vision of Medicine's Future
Famed theoretical physicist and futurist Prof. Michio Kaku portrayed a rosy healthcare future--filled with super computers and robots--at a recent talk attended by IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie. All well and good, Dr. Durie writes in his blog this week. But as a science-fiction fan, he was really hoping to hear an explanation of how the wormholes in the film “Interstellar” really might work. To read the blog, click HERE.

IMWG Recommendations for Diagnosis & Management of Myeloma-Related Renal Impairment
Recommendations developed by the International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG), the research arm of the IMF, were published online in the Journal of Clinical Oncology on March 14, 2016. The recommendations are based on data gathered through December 2015 and analyzed by Meletios A. Dimopoulos, MD, from the University of Athens in Greece, and colleagues. Patient-access available.

Crowdfunding: Not Always in the Public's Best Interest
When teachers have to resort to crowdfunding to pay for basic school supplies, something’s gone terribly wrong. In his blog this week, IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie looks at the downside of this popular fundraising technique—which is “awesome” for certain projects, but can be “awful” for the public good, especially to fund research. To read the blog, please click HERE.

CURE Magazine Spotlights IMF Co-Founder and President Susie Novis Durie
CURE magazine shares the story of IMF President Susie Novis Durie’s work to lead the IMF to where it is today. As CURE says, the IMF has become “an international powerhouse in cancer advocacy.” To learn about the IMF’s journey, click HERE.

International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) Marches Toward a Cure with Takeda Oncology’s ‘Music 2 Fight Myeloma’ Initiative for ‘Myeloma ACTION Month’

In concert with the IMF’s March “Myeloma ACTION Month” campaign, Takeda Oncology is putting a musical spin on fundraising with “Music 2 Fight Myeloma,” which pairs the power of music with the impact of social media.

Consumers of Medical News Need to Be Wary and Aware
A bounty of medical news and information is increasingly available online. However, as IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie writes in his blog this week, it’s important to digest medical news with a critical eye. Dr. Durie examines two recent topics in the news that he says bear deeper scrutiny: the Zika virus and the crowdfunding of myeloma clinical trials. To read Dr. Durie’s blog, click HERE.

International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) Declares March Myeloma Action Month

 IMF’s Proactive Education Campaign Targets Primary Care Doctors, Lawmakers and Patients with Information and Events

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