This past weekend at the IMF conference in the Twin Cities, several of the physicians/speakers presenting mentioned vertebroplasty as a way to help stop back pain from bone involvement caused by multiple myeloma. So I found it interesting that several weeks ago PioneerPress.Com ran the following article. Unfortunately, the entire transcript is restricted and I cannot link you to it. But they did release the lead:
St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN) – August 6, 2009 – C1 Business
DOES CEMENT STOP PAIN? STUDY SHOWS THAT VERTEBROPLASTY, PLACEBO TREATMENTS EQUALLY EFFECTIVE
A fast-growing medical procedure that injects medical cement into the spine to treat fractures apparently works no better than a placebo. That’s the conclusion of a New England Journal of Medicine study released Wednesday that looked at a treatment known as vertebroplasty and found patients who underwent the procedure did about as well as those who experienced “simulated vertebroplasty.”
The study involved a number of patients and orthopedic specialists, including several from Mayo Clinic. I mentioned the study to my oncologist, Dr. Danial Anderson, and he was familiar with it. After a patient profile article I am working on for tomorrow, I will begin a three part series on bone care and repair for myeloma patients.
Feel good, keep smiling and take your vitamin “C” and “D” everyday. Please! Pat