The International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) - improving the quality of life of myeloma patients while working toward prevention and a cure - announced the publication of newly revised guidelines for the International Staging System that are used to assess progression of myeloma in new patients and determine the proper course of treatment. The revisions were published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Clinical Oncology, the official journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The update is the result of data collection and analysis by the International Myeloma Working Group (IMWG), IMF's research arm. The IMWG consists of nearly 200 leading myeloma researchers from around the world who collaborate on projects designed to provide a more durable remission for myeloma patients, improve treatment options, and generate diagnostic systems and guidelines that prolong lives.
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Lizzy Smith was diagnosed with myeloma in 2012 at age 44. Within days, she left her job, ended her marriage, moved, and entered treatment. "To the extent I'm able, I want to prove that despite life's biggest challenges, it is possible to survive and come out stronger than ever," she says.