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1601, 2016

Blood Glucose, MGUS, Myeloma & Metformin (Part Nine)

By |January 16th, 2016|About Pat, Caregivers, Inspirational, Nutrition, Research, Side effects, Support, Tips, Transplants|

A lot has happened since I ran two of the final installments about the importance of controlling blood glucose by Danny Parker:
Blood Glucose, MGUS, Myeloma & Metformin (Part Seven and Eight)

1501, 2016

Maintenance therapy side effects nothing to brush off

By |January 15th, 2016|About Pat, News, Nutrition, Side effects, Tips, Transplants|

I’m part of the club: experiencing side effects caused–in part–by ongoing maintenance therapy.

2411, 2015

Blood Glucose, MGUS, Myeloma & Metformin (Part Four)

By |November 24th, 2015|Nutrition, Research, Supplements/Drugs, Therapy|

Following the news that not one but two new myeloma therapies are newly FDA approved, is it possible that the diabetes drug, meformin, could be a third? Before I post the fourth installment of Danny Parker’s series, I wanted to update everyone about how I’m holding up.

2311, 2015

Blood Glucose, MGUS, Myeloma & Metformin (Part Three)

By |November 23rd, 2015|Diagnostics, Nutrition, Research|

I don’t think I’ve ever slept as much as I did this weekend. Coming off my first pomalidomide/dex maintenance cycle, I hit the wall. If I didn’t know better I’d say my GI issues are improving. Time will tell. It’s been two steps forward, one back.

2011, 2015

Day 30: Diarrhea and dexamethasone

By |November 20th, 2015|About Pat, Nutrition, Side effects, Support, Tips, Transplants|

Day 30. 30 days since the first half of my 8 million+ stem cells were infused back into me up in Iowa City. I was suspicious of a conspiracy; that my cells would be altered and I’d emerge an Iowa Hawkeye. No way! I still bleed Badger Red.

1911, 2015

Blood Glucose, MGUS, Myeloma & Metformin (Part Two)

By |November 19th, 2015|Diagnostics, Nutrition, Research, Side effects|

Could it be that newly diagnosed myeloma patients might benefit and live longer if prescribed the diabetes drug, metformin? Possibly relapsed patients, too? Here is the second installment of Danny Parker’s series:

1811, 2015

Blood Glucose, MGUS, Myeloma & Metformin (Part One)

By |November 18th, 2015|Nutrition, Support, Tips|

Last month our old friend and guest columnist, Danny Parker, approached me about writing a multi-part series about his passion: helping to control multiple myeloma using a combination of lifestyle, diet and possibly complimentary drugs not normally used to treat myeloma.

3008, 2015

Happy Anniversary! Married 28 years

By |August 30th, 2015|About Pat, Caregivers, Nutrition, Transplants|

I often write about myeloma related anniversary’s: another year of survival, key dates from stem cell transplants present and past. Today’s anniversary has nothing to do with cancer. My wife and I were married in Madison, Wisconsin, 28 years ago.

2508, 2015

Tips to help control peripheral neuropathy (Part Three)

By |August 25th, 2015|Nutrition, Side effects, Supplements/Drugs, Tips|

Common peripheral neuropathy (PN) remedies not working for you? Or maybe you’d like to try something new in addition to steps you’ve already taken to control symptoms. Here are additional suggestions made by fellow patients:

1708, 2015

It takes a village to complete a successful SCT

By |August 17th, 2015|About Pat, Caregivers, Nutrition, Transplants|

As I continue to recover from last month’s stem cell transplant, I marvel at the size and skill of the transplant team at the University of Iowa.

512, 2014

Danny Parker: Thoughts from the Edge of Relapse (Part Two)

By |December 5th, 2014|Inspirational, News, Nutrition, Side effects, Tips|

Two weeks ago I ran part one of Danny Parker’s column, Thoughts from the Edge of Relapse.  I was waiting for Danny pass along his latest test results.  Did RVD (Revlimid/Velcade/dexamethasone) do the trick?  Was it able to vanquish his wakening multiple myeloma before it picks up a head of steam?

3011, 2014

Managing chemotherapy side effects (Part Four)

By |November 30th, 2014|About Pat, Nutrition, Research, Side effects, Support, Tips, Transplants|

Yesterday I promised to address the two most powerful weapons a myeloma patient have in his or her cognitive arsenals: counseling and psycho-therapeutic drugs.

2211, 2014

Beware of unannounced prescription drug changes

By |November 22nd, 2014|About Pat, Nutrition, Tips|

Recently I have experienced several disconcerting changes in my prescribed medication.  In one case, pills that were once thin and white were now thicker and green.  The bottle said that the medication was the same inside.  But was it?  What gives?

2810, 2014

Researcher argues diet can help slow myeloma

By |October 28th, 2014|Nutrition, Tips|

A new reader, Hailey, from Washington, DC, sent me a link to this fascinating video about using nutrition to help defeat cancer.  Recorded in 2010, the advice presented by researcher, Dr. William Li, is timeless.  Give it a look; success by patients with multiple myeloma are featured in the presentation:

710, 2014

Patient Snapshot: Matt from California

By |October 7th, 2014|Inspirational, Nutrition, Side effects, Therapy, Tips|

I’ve “known” Matt for what seems to be a long time.  We have spoken by phone and exchanged emails for almost two years.  I find his story exceptionally hopeful.  Matt’s unusual type of multiple myeloma was unresponsive to therapy combinations that work for most everyone else.  Then a breakthrough!

2009, 2014

Tired of taking tablets and capsules? Chew supplement gum!

By |September 20th, 2014|Nutrition, Supplements/Drugs, Tips|

Chewing gum: the newest way to take daily supplements?  I wrote a pair of posts about it recently on

1009, 2014

Dr. Donald Abrams complementary cancer therapy interview revisited

By |September 10th, 2014|Inspirational, Nutrition, Side effects, Tips|

I had the privilege of interviewing a renowned alternative medicine expert, oncologist Donald Abrams, last January on a Cure Talk broadcast.  One of my most popular posts ever, I thought it was worth a second look and listen:
Broadcast features expert nutritional advice for cancer patients

707, 2014

Weighing pros and cons of L-glutamine

By |July 7th, 2014|Nutrition, Research, Supplements/Drugs, Tips|

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.

607, 2014

Experts starting to agree: Myeloma and diet linked

By |July 6th, 2014|Nutrition, Research|

Topping yesterday’s summary list of foods for multiple myeloma patients to avoid: excessively toasted breads and baked goods.

507, 2014

Nutritional tips for multiple myeloma patients revisited

By |July 5th, 2014|Nutrition, Tips|

Now myeloma lifestyle columnist, Danny Parker, wrote a series of nutritional columns for MMB back in 2012.  He summarized the do’s and don’ts in this helpful post, read by thousands of patients and caregivers:
Diet and Multiple Myeloma:  Danny Parker’s dietary recommendations
Posted on November 26 2012 by Pat Killingsworth | 7,593 views