Myeloma Minute: Myeloma Care in a COVID-19 World


| INNOVATION | Latest Research


Re-Focusing on Myeloma Care in a COVID-19 World

This week, Dr. Brian G.M. Durie highlights new myeloma clinical updates, drug approvals and patient treatment guidelines during the coronavirus outbreak. He also recommends a heartwarming book to read when you need a break from the news.


| EDUCATION | Webinar


Register Now for This IMF Patient & Family Webinar

Join the IMF Patient & Family Webinar on Saturday, May 9, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. PT / 2:00 p.m. MT / 3:00 p.m. CT / 4:00 p.m. ET. This two-hour webinar features a panel discussion about the latest treatments for and management of myeloma led by IMF Chairman Dr. Brian G.M. Durie. Panelists include Dr. Joseph Mikhael of the Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen), Dr. William Bensinger of the Swedish Medical Center, and Joseph Tariman PhD, RN, from the School of Nursing/College of Science and Health at DePaul University.

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FDA Approves Subcutaneous Formulation of Darzalex (daratumumab)

On May 1, 2020, “the Food and Drug Administration approved daratumumab and hyaluronidase-fihj (DARZALEX FASPRO, Janssen Biotech, Inc.) for adult patients with newly diagnosed or relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma. This new product allows for subcutaneous dosing of daratumumab."


| INSPIRATION | Mother’s Day


| INSPIRATION | Chair Yoga


Shop AmazonSmile This Mother’s Day and Give to the IMF
Take Part in This Online Chair Yoga Video Program Now

When you are shopping for Mother’s Day on Amazon, visit and choose the International Myeloma Foundation as your preferred charity. When you do this, Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to the IMF, at no added cost to you. It’s a win-win!

The IMF’s Regional Support Group Director Kelley Sidorowicz is also a certified health and wellness educator, personal trainer, and yoga instructor. Join Kelley as she guides you through this all-levels series of seated chair yoga postures, giving you resilience through mindfulness. All you will need for this practice is a chair.



| ACTION | Advocacy Alert


Bipartisan Group of Representatives Advocate for Cancer Drug Parity During Pandemic

Representatives Brian Higgins (D-NY), Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Doris Matsui (D-CA) and Gus Bilirakis (R-FL) sent a letter to Congressional Leadership late last week. The letter highlights the importance of patient access to oral cancer medications during the COVID-19 pandemic and requests that subsequent coronavirus relief packages include the Cancer Drug Parity Act. The bill would improve access to oral drugs and help cancer patients stay home whenever it is medically feasible for them to do so.

We are grateful for these efforts being put forth by this bipartisan group of Representatives. View more about their efforts here. Let your Congressional Representatives know of your support for the Cancer Drug Parity Act during the COVID-19 pandemic by clicking the button below.


| ACTION | Research Grants


Calling All Researchers: Submit Your Grant Applications

The Brian D. Novis Research Grants honor the IMF’s founder Brian Novis, who succumbed to multiple myeloma in July of 1992. The grants are awarded to researchers working in the field of multiple myeloma and related disorders, including smoldering multiple myeloma (SMM), monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS), and immunoglobulin-derived amyloidosis. The 2021 grants will support senior research projects with $80,000 each and junior research projects with $50,000 each. The deadline to receive the applications is Saturday, August 1, 2020.


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