Myeloma Minute: August 6, 2015

Can a "Longevity Feast" Be the Key to Longer Life?

In his blog this week, IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie discusses a recent New York Times interview with longevity expert Dan Buettner about putting on an Ikarian "Longevity Feast" inspired by his book, The Blue Zones Solution. The book takes a deep dive into five cultures around the world where people have the healthiest and longest lives. While a healthy diet is certainly a cornerstone to vibrant life, Dr. Durie writes that, "spending time with the right mix of friends and family is very important. This natural or organic stress reduction has almost a magical effect." To read the full post, click HERE


New Diagnostic Guidelines from the International Myeloma Working Group

The IMF announced this week the publication of newly revised guidelines for the International Staging System (R-ISS) that are used to assess progression of myeloma in new patients and determine the proper course of treatment. The update is the result of the collaborative work done by the International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) and was authored by 32 IMWG myeloma researchers from around the globe, including Dr. Brian Durie, and was led by Dr. Antonio Palumbo, Chief of the Myeloma Unit of the Department of Oncology, Division of Hematology at the University of Torino in Italy. The revisions were published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Clinical Oncology, the official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). Patients who register can access the full article by clicking on the “Full Article” tab, HERE.


Hot Off the Presses: Read the Latest Issue of Myeloma Today

The summer issue of ‎Myeloma Today spotlights the IMF’s work in the four key areas of our mission—advocacy, research, education and support—as we bring everyone together in #‎OneMyelomaNation! In the summer edition, you’ll learn about the 2015 International Myeloma Working Group Summit, the IMF’s 2015 Robert A. Kyle Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Pieter Sonneveld, 2015 ASCO Highlights and more! Click HERE to download.


Open Call to Nurses to Attend 15th International Myeloma Workshop

The 15th International Myeloma Workshop will be held in Rome, Italy, September 23-26. During this important biennial 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.” To find out more about the event and to register, please click HERE.


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