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Monthly Archives: December 2013

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31 12, 2013

Best of ASH (Part Two)

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Interested in multiple myeloma?  It doesn't get any better than this.  Two of the world's foremost myeloma experts, Dr. Paul Richardson and Dr. Robert Orlowski, discuss data that they felt was most important from ASH: Medscape Oncology FIRST Trial Tops the Roster in Myeloma Be forewarned.   What fascinates brilliant researchers and clinicians may not be

28 12, 2013

Best of ASH13 (Part One)

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It's time.  Christmas is behind us in the rear view mirror.  New Years is fast approaching.  And most of us should be recovered from our ASH hangovers!  Not literal hangovers from drinking Hurricanes at Pat O'Briens... No, I'm referencing the hangover from data overload left by over 800 myeloma related abstracts presented at this year's

26 12, 2013

Christmas Day at the beach

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What a wonderful Christmas Day!  While much of the country was recovering from a frigid, early winter hangover, the Tampa area was enjoying perfect sunny weather with temperatures in the mid-70's.  Hate me yet? Pattie and I spent the day with her family on Honeymoon Island in Dunedin, Florida.  We were able to bring Finnegan--our

24 12, 2013

Fun family photos help me remember life isn’t all about cancer

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Myeloma doesn't take a holiday.  But that doesn't mean that we can't! I received a lot of fun feedback over yesterday's post about how cannabidiol--a compound found in marijuana--may have anti-myeloma properties.  Yes, researchers are really attempting to move this forward; the Cialis thing, too. So let's have some more fun.  I created a festive,

23 12, 2013

Can Marijuana and Cialis really kill myeloma cells?

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Marijuana an anti-myeloma drug?  Researchers have been fiddling with using cannabidiol to help destroy myeloma cells for years.  Just having some fun with this.  Here's a report from the British Isles with an update: Cannabidiol Can Kill Multiple Myeloma Cells December 14, 2013 - Cannabis Northern Ireland Multiple myeloma is a type of cancer that

20 12, 2013

Notable Kyprolis data from ASH

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2013 was a big year for Onyx Pharmaceutical and their novel therapy agent, Kyprolis (carfilzomib).  First, the FDA approved Kyprolis for use in relapsed/refractory multiple myeloma patients in July.  Next, Onyx was acquired by Amgen in October, providing a much needed cash infusion to help support a mounting list of clinical trials. Here's a summary

17 12, 2013

Dr. Frits van Rhee shares UAMS perspective

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As promised, here's the link to last night's Myeloma Cure Panel broadcast, featuring internationally known multiple myeloma specialist, researcher and professor of medicine in the UAMS College of Medicine and Director of Developmental and Translational Medicine for the Myeloma Institute of Research and Therapy (MIRT), Dr. Frits van Rhee. http://www.blogtalkradio.com/curepanel/2013/12/16/total-therapy-in-myeloma-w-uams-expert-dr-van-rhee Co-host, Priya Menon, did an