The Internaional Myeloma Working Group forges the path to precision myeloma care

Each patient with multiple myeloma is different. Within a myeloma support group, one can learn a lot about testing and treatments, but outcomes for individual patients are often very different. These differences must be studied in rigorously designed clinical trials to double-check test results and treatment details. So, while it might be tempting to compare what happened with Joe or Mary to yourself, the best guidance for your individual treatment is based on the best myeloma research, clinical trials, consensus statements, and guidelines. 

Fresh and health food choices for the summer

I have written a lot about healthy food choices, so recent articles stressing the benefits of the Mediterranean-style diet caught my eye. Apparently, it is not easy for Americans to switch to this healthier approach, with its emphasis on fish and fresh fruits and vegetables, writes journalist and author Paul Greenberg this week in the New York Times. And the dietary habits we cling to in the U.S. not only affect our own health, he notes, they impact the nation’s approach to farming and education about diet.

A Very Special Wedding Marks a High Point in One Family’s Remarkable Myeloma Journey

This week, the myeloma community can celebrate with the International Myeloma Foundation as we  appreciate the significance and the hopefulness of a very important wedding. This past weekend, Ally Tuohy, daughter of Robin and Michael Tuohy, was married to Jonathan Fitzpatrick. Robin is the IMF Senior Director of Support Groups, and Michael, her husband, is a myeloma patient who was diagnosed in September 2000.

 

Fourth of July in 2018: A Time of Celebration and Challenges

As we celebrate the nation’s birthday this week, it seems that almost everyone is concerned about challenges that lie ahead, be they personal or on a large scale. Stepping outside, I worry about the increasingly high temperatures in the U.S., as well as in Europe, Latin America, and Asia, where the IMF has recently participated in myeloma meetings. These areas, too, are experiencing some of the hottest days or months on record.

 

Takeaways from ASCO 2018

As the hubbub around ASCO 2018 comes to an end, what are the main takeaways?

For sure, the media blitz distorts the importance of some presentations versus others. In most cases, study results are preliminary, with further follow-up and traditional peer reviews still pending.

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