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The International Myeloma Foundation Reports Positive Shift In,Treatment Paradigm For Patients

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"This is an important series of steps for myeloma patients, as we now have regimens that are more tolerable and at the same time may be more effective," said Brian G.M. Durie, M.D., chairman and co-founder of the IMF and co-chair of the SWOG myeloma committee. "Based on this new clinical evidence, we believe that regimens that include REVLIMID with low dose steroid are an important option for patients with myeloma at all stages of the disease."

Susie Novis, president and co-founder of the IMF, added, "These findings are particularly exciting because the use of low dose dexamethasone was proposed by patients themselves, showing how much can be achieved when we empower patients and listen to what they have to say. In addition, closer cooperation between the two large cooperative groups, SWOG and ECOG, will provide important benefits to patients."

Myeloma, also called multiple myeloma, is a cancer of the bone marrow that affects production of red cells, white cells and stem cells. It affects an estimated 750,000 people worldwide, and in industrialized countries it is being diagnosed in growing numbers and in increasingly younger people.

ABOUT The International Myeloma Foundation

The International Myeloma Foundation is the oldest and largest myeloma organization, reaching more than 135,000 members in 113 countries worldwide. A 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of myeloma patients and their families, the IMF focuses on four key areas: research, education, support and advocacy. To date, the IMF has conducted more than 100 educational seminars worldwide, maintains a world-renowned hotline, and operates Bank on a Cure(R), a unique gene bank to advance myeloma research. The IMF can be reached at 818-487-7455. The global Website is http://www.myeloma.org'"/>




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