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If you’ve ever had questions about clinical trials, this issue will help clarify various aspects of them, from both the doctor’s and the patient’s perspectives. It will be obvious that medical as well as personal reasons need to be considered before making the plunge.

Hello to all!

It’s hard to believe summer is over in the U.S., and I hope you were able to enjoy it, difficult as it may have been. I find it hard to believe it’s time again to let you know that the next issue of the IWMF Torch is coming your way. For October, we continue to present articles of importance and use to all WMers.

If you’ve ever had questions about clinical trials, this issue will help clarify various aspects of them, from both the doctor’s and the patient’s perspectives. It will be obvious that medical as well as personal reasons need to be considered before making the plunge.

New research, treatments, and approaches to WM are summarized, not only with reports from the European Hematology Association’s 25th Congress and our Medical News Roundup column, but also with a layman’s summary of another of IWMF’s grant projects, this one by Dr. Yong Li at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston.

We still can’t ignore COVID-19, so we include an interesting article about the use of BTK inhibitors in COVID-19 patients.

On the lighter side, if you missed the discussion on IWMF Connect about the classic rock band in Brazil called the Waldenströms, which includes three hematologists, you’ll learn more here about their history from the physician who started the group. COVID-19 has changed their lives, and they have stopped rehearsing, but they look forward to the time when they can resume their favored pastime.

As usual, our thanks to the regular columnists who continue to edit copy from our support groups, domestic and worldwide, as well as a summary of what was discussed on IWMF Connect. And our Torch Toon never fails to give us an amusing insight into our WM lives.

I hope you are staying safe and that you are weathering 2020 as well as you can!

Best regards,
Shirley Ganse
Editor, IWMF Torch

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