Before I get started I wanted to share that my father, Ted Killingsworth, has passed-away. He was surrounded by nearly a dozen family members. They reassure me he was comfortable and quietly slipped-away. I will post an obit sometime next week. I will miss you, Dad!
Thursday evening I participated in a Q & A on-air panel discussion with Dr. Shaji Kumar, myeloma specialist with Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The Blog Talk Radio broadcast was designed to focus on important myeloma related updates from the American Society of Oncology (ASCO) meetings back in June. But me and my fellow patient panelists had no trouble getting Dr. Kumar to expand on the topic and cover a wide array of topics outside ASCO.
Exciting new ARRAY-520 wasn’t part of the meetings, but Dr. Kumar couldn’t resist touting the mysterious new compound’s potential. I playfully asked him to give us a “sneak-peak” into early stage Mayo Clinic research and he happily obliged.
Although sometimes difficult to hear–and a bit technical for some–I couldn’t help but come away feeling incredibly optimistic and hopeful. There is so much ongoing myeloma research; from attempts to make stem cell transplants safer and more effective, to super sensitive diagnostics that should help our docs pin-down what’s going on in our bodies and then what to do about it.
I highly recommend spending an hour listening to Dr. Kumar. He’s open and very forthcoming. He even broached the subject of UAMS and Total Therapy.
Here’s the link so you can listen when it’s convenient for you:
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat