We are here! #ASH2018 is under way and in full force.The rain has stopped, and the weather is quite nice (compared to the Minnesota snow). As in years past, I am amazed at the tremendous activities that make up ASH. I want readers to feel more involved, so here is some information and links to learn more:
“The American Society of Hematology (ASH) is the world’s largest professional society serving both clinicians and scientists around the world who are working to conquer blood diseases.” http://www.hematology.org/About/
“60th ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition is the premier event in malignant and non-malignant hematology” being held at the San Diego Convention Center, San Diego, CA from December 1-4, 2018. It is anticipated that “more than 25,000 hematology professionals” and patients from around the globe will be in attendance. http://www.hematology.org/Annual-Meeting/
Watch ASH News TV
“ASH News TV is a daily newscast featuring previews and highlights from each day of the ASH annual meeting. ASH News TV can viewed during the meeting in select hotels’ guest rooms, on shuttle buses, and in various locations at the convention center, as well as online throughout the year.” http://www.hematology.org/Annual-Meeting/2361.aspx
You do not have to attend ASH to know what the topics of discussion will be. You can download the ASH2018 app or go to the meeting website. You can see preliminary abstract information on many, many topics. When searching “Myeloma,” 216 matches are found for oral abstracts, 723 matches are found for posters; 319 matches are found for oral and poster abstracts when searching for “Lenalidomide.” Topics like thrombosis management (blood clots), #Palliative Care, young and elder #myeloma patient management, NDMM or RRMM are just a few examples of what is being discussed.
If you want real-time updates, follow me on Twitter @IMFnurseMyeloma to see live tweets and updates from the many sessions on #myeloma. The IMF Support Group Leaders are out in force as well. Follow all of the Support Group Leaders for updates and impressions from ASH: @IMFNurseMyeloma @imfsupport @imfmikemyeloma @johnde1Myeloma @IMFjimMyeloma @jackMAiello @NorthTxMSG @LindaMyeloma @myelomahope @MyelomaTeacher @myelomavalarie @YaksicY