Myeloma Minute: Synergy at the 2016 IMWG Summit


2016 IMWG Summit Focus: Access to Treatment and a Pathway to a Cure

The 7th Annual International Myeloma Working Group Summit concluded earlier this month on a note of unparalleled cohesiveness, writes IMF Chairman Dr. Brian Durie in his blog this week. “IMWG members told us they felt this year’s Summit was the our most effective yet,” said Dr. Durie. Inspired by their colleagues’ presentations and enthusiasm, “members are committed to moving forward as a team to insure patients’ access to myeloma treatment and find a pathway to a cure.” To read Dr. Durie’s blog, click HERE.


Register Now for the July 7th Teleconference to Learn About Latest Myeloma Research Findings: It's Free and Very Informative

Learn more about current trends in myeloma treatment and research during this update from three major medical meetings held in June 2016. Dr. Brian G.M. Durie will explain what's new and exciting in myeloma research presented at the 2016 Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO); the 2016 Congress of the European Hematology Association (EHA); and the 7th Annual International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG) Summit. The teleconference is on Thursday, July 7, 2016 at 4 PM PT / 7PM ET. To register, click HERE.


Help Save an Important Resource for Medicare Beneficiaries!

Earlier this month the Senate Appropriations Committee approved the Department of Health and Human Services Spending bill, which eliminated the State Health Insurance Assistance Programs (SHIP). The SHIP programs help Medicare beneficiaries and their caregivers navigate Medicare benefits. Elimination of SHIP would leave millions of beneficiaries with nowhere to turn for help comparing coverage options, appealing denials, applying for financial assistance, and understanding an increasingly complex Medicare system. Send your Representative and Senators a message asking them to defend this important resource by clicking HERE.


IMF Hosts the 14th Annual Paris Patient & Family Seminar

Drs. Brian G.M. Durie, Jean-Luc Harousseau, and Chantal Doyen presented the latest myeloma research and information on June 18, 2016 at the 14th annual Patient & Family Seminar in Paris. They spoke on “The Importance of Clinical Trials,” “Myeloma Drugs of Yesterday and Today,” and Dr. Durie gave an update on the IMF’s Black Swan Research Initiative®.” In addition to the engaging dialogue from these three doctors from three different countries, the IMF was also pleased to host Thierri Barbieux, the President of the Belgian support group MYMU, and Bernard Delcour, President of the French Support Group AF3M.

Join the 3rd Annual ChekFest Golf Tournament to Help Reach Their $25,000 Fundraising Goal

Scott “Chek” Kowalcyck was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in December 2012. On January 1, 2013, he started a chemotherapy regime and eventually underwent a stem cell transplant in May of that same year. Scott continues to battle MM. For the third year, the Kowalcycks are rallying around Scott’s fight by hosting the 2016 ChekFest Golf Tournament on July 22, 2016 at the Meadows Golf Club at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan. The team is 37% toward their fundraising goal. To attend the event or to donate, click HERE. All proceeds benefit research by the International Myeloma Foundation research initiatives.

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