The Waldenstrom’s Weekly

September 10, 2021

Volume 1, Issue 24

The International Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation (IWMF) is dedicated to supporting and educating everyone affected by WM while advancing the search for a cure. The IWMF provides access to The Waldenstrom’s Weekly as a free service to WM community members to share WM related news and events. For more information, please contact


Join us for an entire month of FREE
educational programs in October,
culminating in our Virtual Educational Forum!

How do I sign up?

  • STEP 1: Click HERE to register for the IWMF Virtual Events platform!


  • STEP 2: Once you are registered, follow the instructions HERE on how to Reserve a Seat for each event that you would like to attend during Ed Forum Month.
    • If you need guidance, check out this handy instructional video on how to Reserve a Seat HERE!

      We can’t wait to see you there! For more information about what to expect at this year’s IWMF Virtual Educational Forum, click HERE to view the agenda!

Submit your questions for the IWMF Ed Forum Speakers


An exciting feature of October Ed Forum Month is that ALL presentations will be LIVE with Q&A for EACH presentation! All questions will be pre-submitted, so we want YOUR input! Please feel free to submit questions you may have for any of our speakers. Please note that due to limited time for Q&A, not all questions will be answered.
Click the blue links below ASAP to submit YOUR questions and make your voice heard during Ed Forum Month!

Recording Double Feature!
Dr. Jeffrey Matous & Dr. Mike Shomaker

Dr. Matous

Colorado Blood Cancer Institute
WM Specialist

Dr. Matous

Dr. Mike Shomaker
Colorado Kidney Care

On September 1st, The IWMF CO/WY/AZ Support Group had the benefit of meeting with two physicians!
Dr. Jeffrey Matous of Colorado Blood Cancer Institute presented New Kids on the Block: More than Ibrutinib followed by a Q&A session. Dr. Matous is a Rockstar WM Physician, so be sure to check him out next month when he presents WM & Basic Terminolology at our IWMF Understanding WM Workshop on October 6th. Click HERE to register for October Ed Forum Month!
Dr. Mike Shomaker of Colorado Kidney Care presented Kidney Function and Chronic Kidney Disease. His presentation included an overview on the anatomy & physiology of the kidneys and testing for kidney function, followed by a Q&A session.
We thank both of these physicians for sharing their wisdom with the WM community!
**Always be sure to contact your own health care provider to discuss what approach is best for you and to make key decisions in partnership. 

ALLS Virtual National Blood Cancer Conference
Saturday, September 18th at 11:30AM U.S. ET

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is proud to present this free VIRTUAL education event to blood cancer patients, survivors, family members, caregivers and healthcare professionals. Experts in the areas of blood cancer research, treatment, and survivorship will present information on each topic.

Shayna Sarosiek, MD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, MA


Steven Treon, MD, PhD
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Boston, MA

For a full list of panelists and session topics, click the button below.


International Young WM Support Group
September 20th at 7:30PM U.S. ET

you are not alone

The International Young WM Support Group will be having their second meeting for patients and caregivers under the age of 50! Attendees will join Co-Leaders Ryan and Deborah on Zoom for a caring and sharing session, which will last approximately one hour.

Monday, September 20th, 2021
7:30PM – 8:30PM U.S. EDT

To be added to the mailing list for this group, contact

CancerCare Article
Blood Cancers & Watchful Waiting


For Blood Cancer Awareness Month, CancerCare social worker Danielle Saff, MSW, LMSW, shares advice for those in a “watchful waiting” phase of their treatment.

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