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Dr. Durie Reviews Key ASH 2014 Data
The 56th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting featured more than 3,000 presentations, with more than 850 focused on myeloma. IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie, who moderated several important panels during the ASH meeting, reviews the key myeloma presentations and explains how they fit into the evolving treatment and diagnostic landscapes. CLICK HERE to read Dr. Durie’s blog.

IMF & Support Group Team Members Influence Social Media @ #ASH14
The IMF and its support group team members ruled the social media scene during ASH by sharing the latest updates on Twitter, Facebook, and blogs. The social media analytics company Symplur reports that IMF’s social media team members were among the Top Ten by number of tweets during the ASH meeting, an impressive feat considering that more than 20,000 people attended this major medical conference! See #IMFASH14 on Twitter to review the social media team’s tweets and CLICK HERE to read all blog posts.

IMWG Conference Series Debate: Now Divided by Topic
The IMF capped off the ASH meeting with Making Sense of Treatment: The International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) Conference Series. Dr. Durie moderated and he was joined by IMWG members Dr. Joseph Mikhael, Dr. Ola Landgren, and Dr. Antonio Palumbo to tackle the key questions currently facing myeloma doctors and patients in light of the latest research presented at ASH.

News Briefing: The Latest on Blood Cancers – From Advances to Patient Advantages

Live from San Francisco, where the 56th American Society of Hematology (ASH) Annual Meeting is taking place, leading blood cancer experts, advocacy organizations and patients will put data into perspective, showcasing how scientific advances help patients. A recording of the webcast will be available on December 8th.


Watch IMF's "Point-Counterpoint Session" Broadcast Live from ASH
Tune in today to watch the IMF’s satellite symposium live from the ASH annual meeting. The presentation, “Critical Issues Need Answers: Providing Best Options for Myeloma Treatments in 2014,” will feature interactive case discussions with “point-counterpoint” sessions from leading myeloma physicians. Topics will include: when to treat smoldering myeloma; assessing response and minimal residual disease following induction therapy; maintenance therapy; and salvage therapy in relapsed/refractory myeloma. The event will be webcast live at 3:30 pm ET/ 12:30 pm PT on Friday, December 5th.

Featured on “Extra” TV: IMF’s 8th Annual Comedy Celebration benefiting the Peter Boyle Research Fund and supporting the Black Swan Research Initiative®
“Extra” caught up with stars Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton and Doris Roberts for a mini “Everybody Loves Raymond” reunion, nearly 10 years after the show said goodbye! The stars talked about how they remember their late co-star and friend Peter Boyle, who died of Multiple Myeloma in 2006.

IMF's Nurse Leadership Board Issues White Paper on Continuous Treatment with Velcade
The IMF’s Nurse Leadership Board (NLB) has authored a white paper on the use of Velcade (bortezomib) in continuous treatment regimens for myeloma. The report was developed at the 2014 Nurse Leadership Board Roundtable Meeting, held in Anaheim, California in April 2014. The white paper reviews the latest clinical data on continuous treatment with Velcade, discusses continuous treatment and management of treatment fatigue, and defines responsibilities of nurses during continuous treatment.

Read the full article published in The Lancet Oncology: “International Myeloma Working Group updated criteria for the diagnosis of multiple myeloma”

“International Myeloma Working Group updated criteria for the diagnosis of multiple myeloma,” published in The Lancet Oncology, November 2014. 


Mambo for Myeloma

After the success of the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, some very special myeloma patients and supporters got together to create a fun campaign designed around myeloma awareness. The goal was to make myeloma more well known around the globe, bringing communities together to fight for a cure. The #MamboforMyeloma initiative asks patients, caregivers, doctors, friends, family members, and groups to film themselves dancing and share a donation link for the cause. You don’t have to be an amazing dancer; the spirit is what is important. With #MamboforMyeloma, myeloma patients have the power to be seen and heard, initiating change and sharing their stories. The IMF supports #MamboforMyeloma and encourages you to share your photos and videos, as well as to donate here: https://online.myeloma.org/netcommunity/MamboforMyeloma 


ACA Open Enrollment 2014 Informational Webinar
Please join the IMF on November 18th at 7:00 PM EST for our next webinar, Health Reform and You: Navigating the Next Open Enrollment Period for Private Health Insurance. A panel of experts from advocacy organizations and policy groups will be present to discuss what cancer patients need to know now about the health insurance world in 2015. Our speakers will provide a broad overview of national policies and provide resources to connect you with what’s going on in your state. We will also discuss how to evaluate plans to support your family’s needs. We encourage all patients and family members with an interest in health care reform to attend, particularly those who are uninsured or under-insured or have an interest in purchasing individual or small group health plans through the marketplaces

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