Roswell Park Nurse Practitioner to Present at International Myeloma Foundation Seminar

Friday, July 31, 2009

BUFFALO, NY – Kena Miller, RN, MSN, FNP, Nurse Practitioner in the Department of Medicine at Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI), will discuss quality of life issues at a Patient and Family Seminar hosted by the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF), August 7 - 8, in Washington, DC.The “Quality of Life” session scheduled for 2:30 pm, Friday, August 7 also will include Brian Durie, MD, Cedars-Sinai Comprehensive Cancer Center and guest speakers, Alan Weinstein, PhD, and Mike Katz.

Ms. Miller also will present the lecture “Managing Side Effects” to multiple myeloma patients, caregivers and other cancer specialists attending the two day seminar. Multiple myeloma is the second most common blood cancer. An estimated 20,580 new cases of multiple myeloma (11,680 in men and 8,900 in women) will be diagnosed during 2009.

Ms. Miller, who serves as a member of the IMF Nurse Leadership Board of Directors, said, “Novel therapies, evaluated through clinical trial research at Roswell Park and at other cancer centers around the United States, have changed the way multiple myeloma patients are treated and increased survival rates. This is an excellent forum for patients and clinicians to discuss issues integral to maintaining quality of life and overall health care.”

The International Myeloma Foundation is the oldest and largest myeloma organization, with more than 185,000 members. IMF is the first organization to provide ongoing Patient & Family Seminars and has held more than 100 seminars in 13 countries since 1990. These seminars empower patients and provide invaluable information to the myeloma community by emphasizing education, advocacy and support.

The mission of Roswell Park Cancer Institute (RPCI) is to understand, prevent and cure cancer. RPCI, founded in 1898, was one of the first cancer centers in the country to be named a National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center and remains the only facility with this designation in Upstate New York. The Institute is a member of the prestigious National Comprehensive Cancer Network, an alliance of the nation’s leading cancer centers; maintains affiliate sites; and is a partner in national and international collaborative programs. For more information, visit RPCI’s website at http://www.roswellpark.org, call 1-877-ASK-RPCI (1-877-275-7724) or email askrpci@roswellpark.org.

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