Myeloma Minute: A new way to manage myeloma?


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November 17, 2016
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This week's question:

Is it safe to have surgery if my myeloma is in remission?

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Early Screening Project Points to a New Way to Manage Disease


The IMF Black Swan Research Initiative®-funded iStopMM project, an ambitious screening, treatment, and prevention program for MGUS, SMM, and MM, launched this week in Reykjavik, Iceland with great fanfare. Iceland President Guðni Jóhannesson joined iStopMM study leader Dr. Sigurdur Kristinsson at a press conference Tuesday, and pledged his participation in the study. Jóhannesson is among the approximately 140,000 Icelanders over the age 40 eligible for the screening effort. During a television news segment about iStopMM, which aired Monday night, IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie explained the study’s implications for myeloma, “Early diagnosis provides the best opportunity for curative therapy.” To read Dr. Durie’s blog, click HERE.


Amgen Announces Collaboration with Janssen to Co-Fund Studies with KYPROLIS® (Carfilzomib) and DARZALEX® (Daratumumab) in Patients with Multiple Myeloma

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On Monday, November 10, 2016, Amgen announced a collaboration with Janssen Biotech, Inc. to evaluate the combination of Amgen's KYPROLIS® (carfilzomib) and Janssen's DARZALEX® (daratumumab) in multiple clinical studies in patients with multiple myeloma. Under the terms of the agreement, the companies may elect to supply drug only or supply drug and share development costs on a case-by-case basis for each study. Learn more HERE.


Seventy-five-year-old Runner and Myeloma Patient Laces Up for His 100th Marathon

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On November 20, 2016, multiple myeloma patient Don Wright will be lacing up his running shoes for his 100th marathon in Philadelphia to raise cancer awareness. In 2012, Don Wright doubted that he would be able to reach his first goal: running one marathon in each of the 50 states. After conquering that milestone, Don set another, which he hopes to accomplish with this 100th race. Diagnosed with multiple myeloma at the age of 62, Don was told that his expectation for survival was fewer than five years. Now,13 years later, Don credits a new medication—a pill—that he began taking while it was still in clinical trial.  It helped keep his cancer in check while he remained free to race around the US. When the cancer showed signs of a flare up, his doctors added one of the new immune-boosting treatments to his regimen. Don’s running also helps raise awareness of the progress the IMF has supported and the clinical trials run by leading myeloma experts in the International Myeloma Working group (IMWG). We wish Don the all the best for when he hits the starting blocks for the Philadelphia Marathon.   



With CyberMonday Only 10 Days Away, Learn How You Can Give to the IMF While You Shop Online!

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The IMF has a new Amazon link. Whether you shop on Amazon for the holidays or for your daily needs, please bookmark the brand new ., and delete our old Amazon link. At no added cost to you, Amazon will donate a percentage of your total purchase to the IMF. The percentage that Amazon donates to the IMF will continue to increase—even more than 7% at times—depending on how many orders are placed through the IMF portal. Donating to the IMF is as easy as a point-and-click at











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