Myeloma Minute: Canada Approves Ninlaro

 

Health Canada Approves Ninlaro (ixazomib) for Use in Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma

Health Canada approved Ninlaro® (ixazomib) capsules for use in combination with lenalidomide and dexamethasone. The Canadian health ministry made the approval for treatment of patients with multiple myeloma who have had at least one prior therapy. Approximately 7,500 Canadians are living with multiple myeloma. This approval was mainly based on the results of the phase 3 TOURMALINE-MM1 trial, which demonstrated that this combination therapy can significantly extend progression-free survival in patients with relapsed/refractory MM. To learn more about this recent approval in Canada, click HERE.

 

Summer Edition of Myeloma Today: Tackling the Rising Cost of Myeloma Health Care...and More

The latest issue of Myeloma Today is out with news from the annual International Myeloma Working Group Summit, which took place in Copenhagen in June 2016. Leading myeloma experts gathered to tackle the rising cost of myeloma care by identifying myeloma treatment guidelines that not only consider cost, but also protect patients from regulations that may limit or distort access. Other important research topics discussed were screening for MGUS, the role of MRD detection, the optimal imaging methods, and the best uses for immune therapies, to name a few. Also included in this issue are highlights from ASCO 2016, the Oncology Nursing Society’s 2016 Satellite Symposium, and reports from patient-centered fundraising events. To download this issue of Myeloma Today, click HERE.

 

IMF's Patient & Family Seminar in Los Angeles

The IMF will conduct its signature Patient & Family Seminar at the Sheraton Universal Hotel in Los Angeles (Universal City) on August 19–20, 2016. Seminar attendees will hear the most up-to-date information on all aspects of treating myeloma, including how best to manage side effects; best therapies for all disease stages; the latest information for patients opting for transplant; and how best to manage bone disease. Dr. Brian Durie will provide an update on the IMF’s Black Swan Research Initiative®, and information about clinical trials and new drug therapies. Attendees will receive one-on-one access to myeloma experts Drs. Brian Durie, Craig Cole, Rafat Abonour, Robert Vescio, and Philip McCarthy.

Comedian Jim Jefferies and Brad Williams Headline IMF Fundraisers in Hollywood

On Tuesday, August 23, 2016, at 8 pm, the Hollywood Improv in Los Angeles will host an IMF Fundraiser. Comedian Forrest Shaw is the evening’s featured act. Forrest organized the benefit in honor of his mother, who is battling myeloma. He made his television debut on “Conan” in 2014 and has performed at some of the nation’s top comedy festivals. Headlining comics for the evening are globetrotter Jim Jefferies and California native Brad Williams. Tickets for the event are only $20 and can be purchased HERE.

IMF's Community Picnic Day — Fabulous and Free to All

Take a break from the PokémonGo craze and come to the IMF’s inaugural Community Picnic Day! Thanks to event sponsor Amgen, anyone can attend this fun-filled event on Sunday, August 21st, in Los Angeles’s beautiful Griffith Park, for FREE! Open to all ages, the IMF Community Picnic Day will provide entertainment for the whole family. Scheduled activities include yoga sessions, Tai Chi instruction, a healthy cooking demonstration, art therapy, and a 1K fun run for kids. Don’t miss out! Click HERE to join us – we look forward to closing out the summer with you!

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