Myeloma Minute July 9, 2015

July 9, 2015
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What Is the Value of Treatment for Individual Cancer Patients?


Having myeloma is undeniably expensive. But will new systems of evaluating the cost and efficacy of treatment end up harming myeloma patients by mandating suboptimal care and eliminating access to needed drugs? In his blog this week, IMF Chairman Brian Durie examines these questions. “Individual patient value must be considered,” he writes. “But how do we do that?” Click HERE to read Dr. Durie’s blog.


Clinical Trial Opens for New Generation Proteasome Inhibitor


Dr. Ola Landgren announced the opening of a new Phase I/II clinical trial at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for patients with relapsed and/or refractory myeloma. The trial will test a new proteasome inhibitor called VLX1570, which is given intravenously. VLX1570 was developed by researchers at Sweden’s Karolinska Institute. Memorial Sloan-Kettering has some funds available to help patients who demonstrate financial need with transportation and hotel costs. Click HERE to see the full trial listing. Please call the IMF InfoLine at (800) 452-2873 with any further questions.


Update: One Couple's Wedding Registry Helps Crowdfund a Cure


The May 21 edition of the Myeloma Minute featured a story on Slava Rubin and Alana Shultz, who were forgoing a traditional wedding registry in favor of a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for the IMF and myeloma research. Slava's father passed away from multiple myeloma when Slava was only 15. As a way to remember his father, Slava and Alana decided to use the tradition of a wedding registry as an opportunity to raise awareness and funding for myeloma research. The newlyweds shared the result of their registry—more than $8,000 raised! You can see their campaign HERE. Congratulations and best wishes, Alana and Slava!


Do Your Back-to-School Shopping at the IMF's Online Mall


As you gear up to send the kids back to school next month, be sure to check out the IMF mall of online vendors. By accessing popular retailers like Macy’s and Amazon through the IMF website, you’ll be getting your back-to-school necessities and supporting myeloma research. A portion of each purchase made through the IMF mall will be donated to the IMF to help fund myeloma resources and search for the cure. To see the list of participating retailers and access their sites, please click HERE.


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