Let’s take a short pause from the whole Bank On A Cure, Genomics Initiative story thread. More on that tomorrow. For today, here is a report from a good friend and fellow myeloma survivor, Gerry Landy, from St. Paul, Minnesota. I wanted to get this out to you right away:

On November 7th the Twin Cities Myeloma support group hosted its Fall Education Seminar & Lunch at the Embassy Suites in Bloomington. Dr. Lacy of the Mayo Clinic, a physical therapist and a mental health expert addressed the group. Also present at the seminar were representatives from Millennium, Celgene and … here’s the part I want to share… Vidacare (www.vidacare.com).
You and I (along with many thousands of others) share similar bone marrow biopsy horror stories. The Vida care rep was showing a product called the OnControl Bone Marrow System. The system is pretty much a drill gun attached to a thin aspiration needle and Vidacare claims that the results of their final validation testing of 84 patient procedures included:

* Median time to core extraction of 81 seconds
* Greatly reduced pain during and after the biopsy
* Higher quality core extractions
* Higher success rate of needle insertion (94%)
* Higher success rate of core acquisition (90%)

By using the drill gun the process of clinicians pushing, pounding and twisting a hollow screw into a patient’s hip may come to an end. Or maybe OnControl is not all it’s cracked up to be. I wonder if one of your readers was a test subject or whether one will be using this product in the near future? I’d love to know how they felt about the experience, especially if it wasn’t their first biopsy. Full commercial release of the OnControl is this month. If you are interested, the press kit says the contact is Lisa Owens, [email protected], 210-601-6647.

Gerry Landy
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Thanks so much, Gerry!  I will see what I can find out.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat