The two most important myeloma related conferences each year are ASCO and ASH. ASCO (American Society of Clinical Onclogists) is held every June in Chicago. It is the largest gathering of oncologists in the world.
I believe that ASH (American Society of Hematologists) is also the largest gathering of hematologists in the world. It is certainly the most important. ASH is a very big conference which can only be held at the largest convention centers. It is scheduled either the first or second week in December each year.
Since multiple myeloma is considered a hematological disorder, before, during and after ASH is where we are most likely to hear the biggest myeloma related news each year. I attended my first ASH two years ago in New Orleans. Last year it was held in Orlando. This year ASH will be reconvening in San Diego.
For the third year in a row, I will be covering ASH as a freelance medical journalist. But that’s not what this post is about.
No, this is the twice yearly “heads up” I pass along to my readers.
You see, about six weeks before ASH and ASCO, researchers and drug companies begin releasing “teaser data” about research papers and clinical study results that will be presented at the upcoming conference.
So for those of us who have skin in the game and follow new myeloma related research with determined self-interest, now is truly the most wonderful time of the year–and I’m not talking about waiting for Santa Claus.
This is much better. This is the time of the year we start to learn about all of the exciting new myeloma research. This is all about our futures–about living longer and better lives. This is a big deal.
I will share a number of important new developments here before, during and after next month’s ASCO meetings. But I would recommend also checking my MyelomaNews.com site at least twice a week this time of year–starting today–because ongoing myeloma research data is already starting to trickle-in.
No, I take that back. It is starting to flood in! I think it is going to be an especially eventful myeloma news season–and that does make it the most wonderful time of the year!
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat