Great Lakes Region Virtual Myeloma Workshop

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Virtual Myeloma Workshop Focusing on Communities in the Great Lakes Region of the United States


What Is Included in This Virtual Myeloma Workshop?

This IMF Virtual Regional Community Workshop brings together top myeloma professionals to review multiple myeloma basics, go over therapy options in the treatment and management of myeloma, describe the purpose of clinical trials, and address how to advocate for your health in the COVID-19 era.

Addressing the Needs of Communities in the Great Lakes Region

The panelists address specific questions posed by multiple myeloma patients and caregivers from support groups in the following areas: Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Ohio.


Speakers and Topics:

Craig Cole, MD
Michigan State University Breslin Cancer

Myeloma 101
Frontline Therapy

Agne Paner, MD
Rush University Medical Center

Relapsed Therapy
Clinical Trials

Amy Pierre, RN, MSN, ANP-BC
IMF Nurse Leadership Board
Health in the COVID Era


Workshop Topic Details:

Myeloma 101 and Frontline Therapy

Dr. Craig Cole (Michigan State University, Breslin Cancer Center) reviews multiple myeloma basics in his myeloma 101 overview which includes: The diagnosis of multiple myeloma, the spectrum of plasma cell disorders, staging and risk stratification.

Also included in this segment, Dr. Cole discusses the latest frontline therapy options, treatment sequence and regimens, and upfront therapy strategies including induction, transplant, and maintenance therapies. He also shares his perspective on the advancement of myeloma science and patient survival.

Relapsed Therapy and Clinical Trials

Dr. Agne Paner (Rush University Medical Center) introduces the basics in understanding how clinical trials work, the importance of clinical trials, and how advances in drug development from trials have improved patient survival.

Dr. Paner also breaks down the treatment of relapsed and refractory multiple myeloma, the classifications of available therapies, and new therapies on the horizon.

Health in the COVID-19 Era

Amy E. Pierre, RN, MSN, ANP-BC (Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center) discusses how to be your best healthcare advocate during the COVID-19 pandemic, how to prepare for your doctor visits, and what actions to take while at home.


Workshop Resources:

Download workshop slides


Additional Resources:

Download the IMF's Multiple Myeloma Informational Booklets:

Download IMF publications


Workshop Sponsors:

with support from:

Amgen Oncology; The Binding Site; Bristol Myers Squibb; Janssen; Karyopharm Therapeutics; Takeda Oncology

Please check out these multiple myeloma resources from our sponsors:

AMGEN Patient Brochure


Revlimid Treatment Overview brochure

Pomalyst Transition Treatment brochure

Standing in the GaaP brochure

DARZALEX® Patient Website

DARZALEX FASPRO™ Patient Brochure

DARZALEX FASPRO™ Dosing Calendar


Patient-Caregiver Brochure

Patient Support 

Xpovio website


Our Commitment to Patients


Support Group Speakers

Virtual Patient Booth

Understanding Ninlaro booklet


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