Myeloma Minute: New Developments in MRD Diagnostics

Black Swan Research Initiative Continues to Take the Stage for Advances in Myeloma

In his blog this week, IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie reports on last week’s symposium on “New Developments in MRD Diagnostics,” held in Zurich, Switzerland by the ESLHO (European Scientific Foundation of Laboratory Hemato Oncology). Conference panelists included Dr. Durie, who discussed MRD (minimal residual disease) and its role in the IMF’s signature Black Swan Research Initiative (BSRI), and fellow BSRI investigators Drs. Alberto Orfao (in photo) and Bruno Paiva. Read more about the symposium and its proceedings, HERE.


Veterans Against Myeloma Webinar

The IMF’s Veterans Against Myeloma is hosting a free webinar today, Thursday, November 12th at 7 PM ET, 4 PM PT. This webinar will address Multiple Myeloma and VA Benefits: Strategies for Veterans to Maximize Access to VA Support. The 60-minute webinar will feature speaker Raymond Gustavson, award-winning novelist and retired Rating Specialist on the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Appeals Team. The webinar will focus on providing education to veterans about how they can better seek out benefits from the US Dept. of Veterans Affairs. To register for the webinar please click HERE.


Understanding Your Myeloma Diagnosis with Key IMF Publications

Myeloma is a cancer of the bone marrow plasma cells, but what exactly is bone marrow? It’s the soft, spongy tissue in the center of bones that produces white and red blood cells, and platelets. All blood cells start off as young, immature cells called stem cells. Fully developed blood cells don’t live long, so your bone marrow constantly produces them. Red blood cells transport oxygen to the body and get rid of carbon dioxide. White blood cells help the body fight infections and are key to your immune system. Platelets are blood cells that help the blood coagulate in order to stop bleeding. All three kinds are key to a health and they’re all created in your amazing bone marrow! The IMF produces a multitude of helpful, free publications for myeloma patients to better understand diagnosis and beyond. Browse our library of free publications, HERE.


Register Now for Next Week's Living Well with Myeloma Teleconference

Don’t miss the next teleconference in the Living Well with Myeloma series happening next Thursday, November 19.  IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie will present “Myeloma 101:  Updates on Treatment & Pain Management” during this informative teleconference, and will shed light on the most up-to-date therapies for myeloma patients. The 60-minute teleconference begins at 4 pm PT/7 pm ET and is not to be missed! To register, please click HERE.

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