Tune in as the IMF brings myeloma support group leaders and patients to Orlando, FL for the 61st annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), an exciting convergence of 20,000 health care professionals from around the world. Start following the IMF ASH team members now on social media as they ramp up to share the latest clinical updates in myeloma research, therapies, and practice strategies via Twitter (#ASH19 and #IMFASH19), Facebook, blogs, and videos.

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Recent Blog Posts from ASH 2019
  • Take Research Personally

    Linda Huguelet |

    It was a tremendous honor to attend the American Society of Hematology (ASH) conference again this year. The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) was the first organization to ever sponsor patients at this conference. They have always understood how important it is for myeloma patients to be educated about the disease and their treatment options. A […]

  • “I’m Not Leaving”

    Michael Tuohy |

    In 2000 when I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, I was informed that the life expectancy was 2-3 years. Being only 36 years with a young family, I feared my children (then ages 2 and 7) would not even remember me. Over the years, I’ve had many experiences of living with myeloma: some good, some challenging, but […]

  • Some of My Favorite Things from #IMFASH19

    Robin Tuohy |

    Hello everyone, since it’s that time of year when we are thinking about “All of Our Favorite Things,” I thought it would be nice to share with you just a glimpse of some of my favorite things from at ASH. These are in no particular order, except chronological, so I can think about each day’s […]

  • Left in Wonder

    Valarie Traynham |

    Although the 61st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology (ASH) has come and gone, what I  experienced as a patient representative will last a lifetime. The sheer vastness of the Meeting and Exposition leaves me in wonder. As I walked through the hallways, I saw the many media outlets interviewing doctors and patient […]

  • Myeloma Behind the Scenes…ASH

    Tiffany Williams |

    My pre-ASH19 blog was titled the Magic of ASH, comparing ASH to the magic of Disney. As I reflect on my ASH 2019 experience, I once again am reminded of a Disney comparison. Disney Behind the Scenes is a 7-hour tour that gives customers the experience of learning what it takes to bring the magic […]

  • Shrimp Options

    John DeFlice |

    “Anyway, like I was sayin’, shrimp is the fruit of the sea. You can barbecue it, boil It, broil it, bake it, sauté it. Dey’s un, shrimp-kabobs, shrimp creole, shrimp gumbo, pan fried, deep fried, stir-fried. There’s pineapple shrimp, lemon shrimp, coconut shrimp, pepper shrimp, shrimp soup, shrimp stew, shrimp salad, shrimp and potatoes, shrimp […]

  • That’s a Wrap!

    Sheri Baker |

    The 61st ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition is over. I’m home in Idaho now, and missing the warm sunshine of Orlando. And the warm and friendly camaraderie of the International Myeloma Foundation’s team of support group leaders. I saw many things that amazed me during my first experience at #ASH19. Thousands of people all trying […]

  • Immunotherapy – Front and Center

    Cynthia Chmielewski |

    Immunotherapy was front and center at this year’s American Society of Hematology’s (ASH) meeting. There even was an Education Session presented by Drs. Shah, Cohen and Borello on this topic. When I first attended the ASH Annual Meeting in 2012, immunotherapy was still in its infancy. The treatments that were being examined in clinical trials back […]

  • An Evening of Hope Through Patient Stories and Research

    Robin Tuohy |

    Each year at the American Society of Hematology (ASH) meetings, the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) presents a program entitled “Living Well with Myeloma and the 2020 Brian D. Novis Grant Awards Reception.”  In 1995 the IMF established the Brian D. Novis Research Grant program in memory of its co-founder. The grants are awarded annually to promote […]

  • Dara, the new Bacon…I mean, Beacon of Myeloma

    Yelak Biru |

    One of the late-breaking abstracts presented by Dr. Saad Usamani compared Kyprodlis and dexamethason (Kd) with Kd and daratumumab. There were many trial results that were presented at ASH that showed Dara makes many drugs better. Combining Dara with KRd seems to result in an “unprecedented” level of response and MRD negative response for newly […]