Myeloma Minute: The Key to Success in Research

How Do You Spell Success in Myeloma Research? P-L-A-N

Effective myeloma treatment and research takes careful planning, writes IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie in this week’s blog. A thorough investigation of prior research is crucial, he notes, and failure to do so can lead to failed studies. The task is daunting: In the 1980s, approximately 10,000 myeloma articles were published annually, while today that number has increased by 5-to-10-fold. Producing “actionable” data is also a must, and is something the IMF’s Black Swan Research Initiative strives to accomplish with each new project. To read Dr. Durie’s blog, click HERE.

Study Proves That Triplet Therapy Is Preferable to Doublet for Patients Who Plan to Delay Transplant

Some newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patients choose to delay autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT). According to the National Cancer Institute, a new study shows that adding targeted Velcade™ (bortezomib) therapy to a two-drug therapy improves survival compared with doublet therapy alone for myeloma patients who plan to delay ASCT. Learn more HERE.


Countdown to Myeloma Action Month - Here's How You Can Take Part Today!

During Myeloma Action Month the International Myeloma Foundation will be reaching out to primary care doctors, lawmakers, and patients to raise awareness of the disease. A few examples of actions that you can take include the following: 1) Send a one-page letter that spells out potential myeloma symptoms and red flags to health care practitioners in your hometown; 2) Share your story or your loved one’s experience with myeloma; 3) Download and customize this press release to send to your local news outlet; 4) Participate in a number of fun online initiatives, like following the Music 2 Fight Myeloma playlist on Spotify, or tweet your contributions using the hashtag #IMFMam! Any action, no matter how big or small, counts. To learn more about these and other actions, visit the Myeloma Action Month website.


Boca Raton Patient & Family Seminar - Early Registration Closing Soon!

On March 17-18, the IMF will hold its annual Patient & Family Seminar in Boca Raton, Florida. The seminar provides up-to-date information covering a wide range of topics for patients, families, and caregivers. The expert faculty includes Drs. Brian Durie, Kenneth Anderson, Cristina Gasparetto, Jean-Luc Harousseau, James Hoffman (Friday-only), and Sagar Lonial. Early registration (at discounted prices) closes on Friday, February 17th.


Masters Tennis for Myeloma FUNdraiser in Florida

Edward Curtis is organizing a Masters Tennis tournament in memory of his loving wife Carolyn who passed away from multiple myeloma. The tournament will be held at the Glenview Champions Tennis Club (3140 Glenview Rd.) in The Villages, FL from 2 p.m. ET–4 p.m. ET on March 25, 2017. The format will be round robin, played on a short court with low-compression balls on a soft Har-tru court surface. All funds will go toward continuing IMF support programs.



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