Indiana University's multiple myeloma researchers have their sights set on finding a cure.
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Multiple Myeloma Research

Researchers at Indiana University are going the distance to find a cure for multiple myeloma.

At Indiana University Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center, our sights are firmly set on finding a cure for multiple myeloma, a rare blood cancer.

We are home to some of the top myeloma researchers in the world, and we’re closing in on the disease from multiple angles. Already, patients are living longer with fewer debilitating side effects. We want to push forward with research that allows patients to live with the certainty that their myeloma can be controlled – or even cured.

Leading the charge—and sometimes the pack of cyclists riding for a cure—is Rafat Abonour, MD, who goes to extraordinary distances for his patients.  

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Going the Extra Mile

Rafat Abonour’s commitment to curing multiple myeloma is unwavering. Each year, he leads a ride for research and enhanced patient care—a ritual that binds him closer to the patients he has lost and those he is trying to save.

Miles for Myeloma

Each fall, Rafat Abonour, MD, and his fellow Miles for Myeloma cyclists—a crew made up of myeloma researchers and medical caregivers, family members of patients and even a couple of patients themselves—set out on the annual Miles for Myeloma ride.


Multiple Myeloma Research

Greg Tamer lost his father to multiple myeloma at a young age. Years later, Greg would fight his own battle with the disease. Discoveries in cancer research are allowing Greg to live a full life.

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Simon Says Expert Series

To better connect IU’s nearly 300 cancer experts with our community, we’ve launched the “Simon Says Expert Series,” a monthly virtual event where you’ll have the opportunity to hear from cancer center experts about various topics and ask your questions. You’ll hear about the latest advances in cancer prevention, detection, treatment, and life after cancer. You can also suggest topics you’d like to learn about in the future. 

We hope you sign up, take part, and learn more from the experts at the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center.  You can explore previous Simon Says topics by visiting our session archive.

Simon Says Expert Series