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Monthly Archives: June 2011

10 06, 2011

Tips To Help Minimize The Pain And Discomfort Caused By Peripheral Neuropathy From The People Who Know Best: Our Fellow Patients-Part Two

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So, did you do your homework and read the articles about peripheral neuropathy (PN) I suggested yesterday? Just in case something came up and you didn't get a chance to do the required reading, here is a list of basic supplements which are often suggested to help ease PN symptoms: Vitamin Super B-Complex Vitamin E

9 06, 2011

Tips To Help Minimize The Pain And Discomfort Caused By Peripheral Neuropathy From The People Who Know Best: Our Fellow Patients

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If you have been reading my blog at all the past few weeks, you already know I have been suffering from a sudden, serious case of peripheral neuropathy (PN). Sure, I have been forced to endure some inconvenient neuropathy over the years in my hands and feet, caused by my myeloma, as well as four-plus years

9 06, 2011

ASCO Odds/Ends And Clinical Study Links

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A few more quick notes from ASCO before the first of a long running series about ways to improve peripheral neuropathy (PN) starts later today: Secondary Cancer Risk From Using Revlimid: Based on the results of this retrospective analysis, Dr. Palumbo concluded that Revlimid ,when used with melphalan, increases the rate of secondary cancers.  The

8 06, 2011

More ASCO News, Along With A Short, Personal Medical Update

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Let's jump right in with more ASCO news. Of course, there were lots of study results featuring new drugs used in combination with Revlimid and Velcade.  As you should have noticed by now, the combination approach is the new "in thing" when treating myeloma.  The Revlimid/Velcade/dexamethasone (RVD) induction combination I'm enduring now, prior to my stem

6 06, 2011

My Encouraging Visit With Onyx President & CEO, Dr. Anthony Coles

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If I have time, I will report on some important myeloma related presentations at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meetings here in Chicago Sunday.  But first, I would like to share a some thoughts about a reception I attended Saturday evening at the Field Museum on Chicago's lakefront. Hosted by Onyx Pharmaceuticals, the elegant

3 06, 2011

My Response To Reader Comments/New M-Spike Results/SCT Schedule Confirmed

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Lots to cover this morning...First, I'm still having technical issues which prevent me from responding to your comments in the usual way.  So let me do that here, now.Steven L. Ritter said this, following my last medical update:WOW pat.... Bummer....That is how I feel most of the time and I'm not even in treatment yet...!!

2 06, 2011

MEDICAL UPDATE: Invasion Of The PN Body Snatchers!

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I'm guessing most of you have seen one of the movie versions of Invasion of the Body Snatchers.  You know, the movie where aliens visit earth, using human bodies as hosts to take over the world.    Movie poster from 1956 film                                         Movie poster from 1978 film That's how I have felt the last two or

2 06, 2011

Novartis To Showcase Progress With Multiple Myeloma Related Drugs, Panobinostat And Zometa At ASCO Oncology Meetings Next Week

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One of the large pharmaceutical companies which focuses on multiple myeloma related meds, Novartis, will showcase data from 140 abstracts on its current oncology products and investigational agents at the 47th Annual Meeting of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). I will be there to report on the progress of a number of different

1 06, 2011

Analysis Of 17 Year Stem Cell Transplant Study Available From The Myeloma Beacon

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The Myeloma Beacon just ran a story about the long-term transplant follow-up study I featured this morning.  Great minds must think alike!Melissa Cobleigh does an excellent job breaking down the study results.  Check-out the article by clicking-on the headline link below:Complete Response After Stem Cell Transplant For Myeloma Indicates Best PrognosisThis has the potential to

1 06, 2011

Spanish Study Follows Stem Cell Transplant Patients For 17 Years, Producing Surprising Results…

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Interested in long-term success/failure rates of stem cell transplants?  Check-out this Abstract from this month's Blood, the journal of the American Society of Hematology: Long-term prognostic significance of response in multiple myeloma after stem cell transplantation Joaquin Martinez-Lopez1,*, Joan Blade2, María-Victoria Mateos3, Carlos Grande1, Adrián Alegre4, José García-Laraña5, Anna Sureda6, Javier de la Rubia7, Eulogio