Cynthia Chmielewski

Cynthia attended Rutgers University graduating with degrees in Psychology and Education. Upon graduation she secured her first teaching position and immediately fell in love with her chosen profession. Cynthia continued teaching for 28 years.

Now retired, Cynthia is using her passion for education to teach a new group of "students" - myeloma patients and their caregivers. Cindy belongs to the Philadelphia Multiple Myeloma Networking Group where she serves on the steering committee. Using social media to educate is her passion. Cynthia educates and advocates by tweeting at @MyelomaTeacher and sharing myeloma resources, educational opportunities and clinical trial information on her MyelomaTeacher Facebook page. Ms. Chmielewski is the co-founder of the #MMSM TweetChat and is also a regular panelist on the CureTalks Podcast. Ms. Chmielewski was an invited panelist and presented posters on using social media in hematology at the annual meetings of the American Society of Hematology (ASH), the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and the European Bone Marrow Transplant (EBMT).

Cindy enjoys serving as a voting member on the IRB at the University of Pennsylvania, the patient advocate on the Myeloma Steering Committee of the NCI’s Clinical Trial Network and a peer grant reviewer for the Department of Defense.

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Never, Ever Give Up

Cynthia Chmielewski |

In December, 2012 I attended my first annual meeting of the American Society of Hematology (#ASH12) with the International Myeloma Foundation. The meeting was held at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.  I had no idea on what to expect when I entered the convention center for the first time. I was walking around […]

It’s All About the Antibodies!

Cynthia Chmielewski |

The antibodies are front and center during the 2020 American Society of Hematology’s Annual Meeting.  I thought this would be a good time to review the mechanism of action (how they work) of each type of antibody. The first antibodies to make it to the myeloma scene were the monoclonal antibodies. (mAbs) Monoclonal antibodies in […]

To-Do List for MyelomaTeacher

Cynthia Chmielewski |

The American Society of Hematology’s Annual Meeting (ASH) has just begun, but thanks to the  pre-ASH Scientific Workshops, On-Demand Sessions, and Satellite Symposia, my head is already spinning. Much of what I heard in the scientific workshops was above my head, but provided me with hope. Each year when I attend ASH, I leave thinking, […]

Greetings from New Jersey

Cynthia Chmielewski |

This year the American Society of Hematology’s annual meeting will be held virtually.  I am getting accustomed to attending virtual events since all my meeting since the first week of March have been switched to this format. Virtual meetings have advantages and disadvantages.  Attending a scientific meeting from the comfort of your home is logistically […]