Myeloma Minute: Black Swan Research Initiative’s ASCENT Trial


ASCENT Trial Tests Earlier Intervention for High-Risk Smoldering Myeloma Patients

In his blog this week, IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie sheds light on the Black Swan Research Initiative® ASCENT clinical trial, which stands for Aggressive Smoldering Cure Evaluating Novel Rx Transplant.  Dr. Durie notes that trial participants, who have high-risk smoldering myeloma, will receive two years’ worth of intense therapy. In a video interview with IMF-TV, Dr.  Shaji Kumar (Mayo Clinic), lead investigator of the trial, says he hopes that researchers will be able to prove that it is safe to treat these patients and get them to MRD negative status. To learn about this groundbreaking clinical trial, click HERE. To read Dr. Durie’s blog, click HERE.


Register Now for the Los Angeles Patient & Family Seminar

On August 19 and 20th, the IMF will host a Patient & Family Seminar at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Los Angeles (Universal City), with Drs. Brian Durie, Craig Cole, Rafat Abonour, Robert Vescio, and Philip McCarthy.  On Friday, the meeting begins with an “open” Q&A session and will also cover topics including managing side effects, understanding Freelite and Hevylite testing, and essential information for caregivers. Saturday’s topics include what's new in myeloma treatment and management, best therapies for the elderly as well as for  patients opting for transplant, management of bone disease, and more. To register for the Patient & Family Seminar, click HERE.


Community Picnic Day: Discounted Tickets Available Now

On Sunday, August 21st, the IMF will host our first-ever Community Picnic Day in Griffith Park (near the Pettigrew Area). Open to all ages, the Community Picnic Day will provide fun for the whole family. Scheduled activities include yoga, Tai Chi, healthy cooking demonstrations, art therapy, and a 1K fun run for kids. For discounted advance purchase tickets, click HERE. We look forward to closing out the summer with you!

Celebrated Sketch Comedian Frank Caliendo Headlines "Laughs 4 Life"

Hilarious sketch comedian Frank Caliendo, who has appeared on “MadTV,” “Fox NFL Sunday,” “The Tonight Show,” TBS’s “Frank TV,” and more, will headline “Laughs 4 Life.” The brainchild of the event is Kent Oliver, who was diagnosed with multiple myeloma at the age of 34. His goal is to raise $100,000 for cancer research and patient navigation services. “Laughs 4 Life” will take place on July 28, 2016 at 7:30 PM ET at the historic Saenger Theatre in Hattiesburg, Mississippi. Through the support of generous sponsors, all ticket and event sales will go to beneficiaries, including the International Myeloma Foundation. To buy tickets or to become a sponsor, click HERE. To donate and bid on auction items, including fun getaways and collectibles, click HERE.




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