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

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

Posted on January 16 2016 by Pat Killingsworth

A lot has happened since I ran two of the final installments about the importance of controlling blood glucose by Danny Parker:

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Maintenance therapy side effects nothing to brush off

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Maintenance therapy side effects nothing to brush off

Posted on January 15 2016 by Pat Killingsworth

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

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

Posted on November 24 2015 by Pat Killingsworth

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.

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

Posted on November 23 2015 by Pat Killingsworth

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.

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Day 30: Diarrhea and dexamethasone

Posted on November 20 2015 by Pat Killingsworth

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.

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

Posted on November 19 2015 by Pat Killingsworth

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:

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

Posted on November 18 2015 by Pat Killingsworth

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.

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Happy Anniversary! Married 28 years

Posted on August 30 2015 by Pat Killingsworth

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.

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Tips to help control peripheral neuropathy (Part Three)

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Tips to help control peripheral neuropathy (Part Three)

Posted on August 25 2015 by Pat Killingsworth

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:

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It takes a village to complete a successful SCT

Posted on August 17 2015 by Pat Killingsworth

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.

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

Posted on December 05 2014 by Pat Killingsworth

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?

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Managing chemotherapy side effects (Part Four)

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Managing chemotherapy side effects (Part Four)

Posted on November 30 2014 by Pat Killingsworth

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.

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Beware of unannounced prescription drug changes

Posted on November 22 2014 by Pat Killingsworth

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?

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Researcher argues diet can help slow myeloma

Posted on October 28 2014 by Pat Killingsworth

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:

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Patient Snapshot: Matt from California

Posted on October 07 2014 by Pat Killingsworth

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!

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Tired of taking tablets and capsules? Chew supplement gum!

Posted on September 20 2014 by Pat Killingsworth

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

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Dr. Donald Abrams complementary cancer therapy interview revisited

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Dr. Donald Abrams complementary cancer therapy interview revisited

Posted on September 10 2014 by Pat Killingsworth

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:

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Weighing pros and cons of L-glutamine

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Weighing pros and cons of L-glutamine

Posted on July 07 2014 by Pat Killingsworth

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.

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Experts starting to agree: Myeloma and diet linked

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Experts starting to agree: Myeloma and diet linked

Posted on July 06 2014 by Pat Killingsworth

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

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Nutritional tips for multiple myeloma patients revisited

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Nutritional tips for multiple myeloma patients revisited

Posted on July 05 2014 by Pat Killingsworth

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:

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