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7 07, 2014

Weighing pros and cons of L-glutamine

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Talk about conflicting data!   According to a number of researchers, the amino acid, L-glutamine, may be bad for multiple myeloma patients.  Yet taken in large enough doses it clearly helps many control their peripheral neuropathy. Danny Parker and I have warned our readers repeatedly about the risks of taking L-glutamine (most shorten it to "glutamine")

3 05, 2014

Dealing with–and preventing–infections with myeloma (Part Two)

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Here's Part Two of Danny Parker's expose' about ways to avoid the shingles virus and other infections: As January gave way to February, the pain and shingles continued. I went to an infectious disease doctor and the recommendation was to stay on the therapeutic dose of Valtrex and also to have IviG infusions. That wasn’t

27 04, 2014

Proof clarithromycin can help overcome myeloma drug resistance

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From what may be possible in the future to an easy way to temporarily overcome myeloma drug resistance now. Apparently adding something as simple and innocuous as an antibiotic can add four or more months of effectiveness to fading Revlimid therapy.  Here's the abstract from a study published Friday in the American Journal of Hematology,

18 04, 2014

More about dexamethasone

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I've recently received a lot of constructive criticism from readers that feel my doctors should reduce my weekly dexamethasone dose--or eliminate it altogether. I understand the risks of higher dose, long term use of any corticoid steroid.  But statistics clearly show the anti-myeloma benefit that dex brings to the table. Before I get started, here's

16 04, 2014

Dr. Donald Abrams: “Cannabis does not cure cancer.”

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What a fascinating, enlightening conversation!  An hour long broadcast wasn't enough time to cover Cannabis for Cancer. Dr. Donald I. Abrams is a cancer and integrative medicine specialist at the UCSF Osher Center for Integrative Medicine at Mount Zion. He provides integrative medicine consultations for cancer patients and has completed research in complementary and alternative

28 02, 2014

BREAKING NEWS: Marizomib granted FDA orphan drug status

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Triphase Accelerator Corp. announced today that it's new proteasome inhibitor, marizomib, has been granted orphan drug designation by the FDA's Office of Orphan Products Development for the treatment of multiple myeloma. Here's a statement about it from the CEO of Tiphase: “We are pleased that the FDA has granted orphan drug designation for the development

26 01, 2014

Advice from cancer nutrition expert Dr. Donald Abrams

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Last week I shared a number of useful suggestions made on-air by my special guest, Dr. Donald Abrahms, on our monthly Cure Talk broadcast.  Here are some more: * Dr. Abrahms recommends eating mushrooms regularly.  Standard common button mushrooms you can find in supermarkets are fine.  But he was referring to what he called medicinal

20 01, 2014

Broadcast features expert nutritional advice for cancer patients

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I was honored to be selected to host an on-air Cure Talk interview with oncologist and integrative medicine specialist, Dr. Donald Abrams Friday evening.  It's a must listen for anyone concerned about nutrition and it's impact on cancer. Dr. Donald Abrams is a cancer and integrative medicine specialist at the UCSF Osher Center of Integrative

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

9 12, 2013

Welcome to the wild wild west of myeloma therapy!

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Covering technical, four hour events like Friday’s pre-ASH symposium can be challenging; even grueling.  My peripheral neuropathy and back pain makes it hard to sit still and type on the fly.  And this year I'm trying to tweet simultaneously while blogging. It’s hard for a symptomatic myeloma survivor to cover as much material as a