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MYELOMA MINUTE | Up To The Minute News | 3.18.2021
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Myeloma Research Continues and COVID-19 Understanding Evolves
A 40-year-old drug still packs a punch, the deletion of a specific chromosome can present special challenges for treatment, and some good news appears on the COVID-19 horizon, says IMF Chairman Dr. Brian G.M. Durie. He also prescribes a dose of positivity inspired by David Hockney’s painting “Do remember they can’t cancel the spring.”
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IMF Launches "M-Power Charlotte" to Improve Outcomes in Multiple Myeloma
On March 11, the IMF launched a multiyear, multidisciplinary initiative called "M-Power Charlotte," designed to empower people to change the course of myeloma by removing barriers to early diagnosis and treatment in the African-American community. To that end, the IMF is working with Atrium Health Levine Cancer Institute's Disparities & Outreach program in Charlotte, NC, to enlist local leaders and healthcare professionals in promoting increased knowledge about this treatable but little-known disease. Read the full press release to learn more.
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Watch These Videos on Using the Immune System to Fight Multiple Myeloma
In this video series, Dr. Joseph Mikhael discusses how the patient’s own immune system can help in the fight against multiple myeloma. The importance of the BCMA target is addressed. BCMA can be targeted in 3 primary ways: through an antibody drug conjugate, through CAR T-cell therapy, and through bispecific therapy. Watch these videos to learn more now.
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Watch a Replay of This IMF Patient & Family Webinar
In this webinar, myeloma patients and caregivers learn up-to-the-minute guidance for staying safe in our COVID-19 world. Dr. Brian G.M. Durie and Dr. Warren Brenner answer patient questions and explain the latest ideas on myeloma care and treatment. Listen to one patient’s formula for living your best life. Panelists include IMF Chairman of the Board Brian G.M. Durie, MD; Warren Brenner, MD, from Boca Raton Regional Hospital; Paul G. Richardson, MD, from the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Rafat Abonour, MD, from Indiana University; Donna Catamero ANP-BC, OCN, CCRC, from the Mount Sinai Health System; and Patient Advocate Yelak Biru.
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Register Now for the M-Power Charlotte Community Workshop
Register now for a free, interactive online workshop, Saturday, March 20, to learn about multiple myeloma, a disease more than twice as common in people of African descent as in whites. From “Myeloma for Patients Who Are Just Getting Started” to the latest in treatments and research, this comprehensive program also features a myeloma patient’s story and an opportunity for the audience to ask questions.
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Explore the Mind and Body Experience of Myeloma Action Month 
Feeling a little depleted? Recharge your energy stores by engaging in audio meditations or practicing yoga as guided by IMF’s Regional Director, Support Groups, Kelley Sidorowicz. Kelley is a certified health and wellness educator, personal trainer, and yoga instructor. She has created easy-to-follow meditations and yoga exercises specifically for the myeloma community. Revitalize your spirit now.
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The 13th Annual Miles for Myeloma 5K Run/Walk Goes Virtual Once Again 
The 13th Annual Miles for Myeloma 5K Run/Walk is going virtual once again! This exciting style of race is just as fun and competitive as it was in person, just a whole lot safer. This 5K Run/Walk will Redefine Being Together. Learn how you can take part individually or by forming a virtual team at the link below.  
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Bid Now to Win a 10-Day Stay at a Hawaiian Villa in 2022
Yes, it’s true: We are still in a pandemic. But any time in the year 2022, one lucky raffle winner be able to book a 10-day stay at the Villa Ono Oasis in historic Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The winner will be able to book their stay based on your availability and coordination with the property owner. Raffle tickets are just $50. The winner will be announced on August 1, 2021.
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#ASKDRDURIE | Dr. Durie's Weekly Web Video Series
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COVID-19 FAQ #26: Should myeloma patients get vaccinated against COVID-19?
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