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28 12, 2014

Managing chemotherapy side effects (Part Six)

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I have been running into some new, pesky pomalidomide driven side effects.  I get dizzy from time to time, especially late in my 21 day POM cycle.  I've also developed a notable sensitivity to caffeine.  And I'm losing my hair at an accelerated rate. Note I wrote, "at an accelerated rate."  At my age--after pounding

17 10, 2013

Can chemo brain be fixed?

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Regular readers know that I'm being treated at Moffitt Cancer Center--on the campus of the University of South Florida--ever since I relocated to Florida just over four years ago.  I'm proud to share the news that Moffitt researchers are exploring ways to improve the cognitive impairment that often develops in patients undergoing long term chemotherapy,

9 08, 2013

Wise words help me face my next round of treatment: CHEMO IS YOUR FRIEND!

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Yesterday I wrote about how I was dreading starting another chemotherapy treatment cycle.  Why now?  I have undergone seemingly countless cycles in the past—on and off; mostly on—for the past six years.  Could it have something to do with losing my father, or other stressors in my life?  As difficult as the past two weeks

29 04, 2011

Dropping Dexamethasone From Multiple Myeloma Therapy May Help Reduce Infection Risk

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I'm always interested in what different physicians and nurses groups are posting about multiple myeloma. Click on the headline link below to access an interesting article, about how dropping dex from a myeloma patient's chemo mix can help reduce risks of infection: For Multiple Myeloma Patients at High Risk for Infection, Chemotherapy without High-dose Dexamethasone Can Help

24 12, 2010

All I Want For Christmas: A Message To Bill Gates & Warren Buffet

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I recently saw a news story about how Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are crisscrossing the globe, meeting with fellow billionaires in an attempt to get them to commit part of their fortunes to help solve the world's problems.Wonderful! I have a suggestion—and it wouldn't take billions: Finance independent research studies about the effectiveness of

3 10, 2010

Spanish Study Confirms Use Of Anti-Myeloma Novel Therapy Agents During Induction Increases Stem Cell Transplant Patient’s Ability To Achieve CR

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I thought this was interesting... A short but technical abstract from Spain:Published online 30 September 2010(Haematologica 2010, 10.3324/haematol.2010.030882)Copyright © 2010 by Ferrata Storti Foundation Articles by Fernandez de Larrea, C. Articles by Blade, J. Emergence of oligoclonal bands in patients with multiple myeloma in complete remission after induction chemotherapy: association with the use of novel

2 09, 2010

More About Generic Challenge To Anti-Multiple Myeloma Oral Chemotherapy Drug, Revlimid, Using FDA’s Abbreviated New Drug Application Process

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Yesterday I had a little fun with the "what if" game. What if there was a generic form of Revlimid? How would that affect patients and future drug development if all of those long term profits were lost? My article was inspired by this news: Celgene Corporation today announced that information was posted on the

10 02, 2010

Cervical, Uterine & Ovarian Cancer Info Series Starts On www.HelpWithCancer.Org Today

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My wife, Pattie, is a cervical, uterine and ovarian cancer survivor.  I'm so proud of her!  She is doing great--almost seven years since her last surgery or chemotherapy, and she is still cancer free today.  I envy her sometimes... At the six year point, Pattie is very likely cured.  She endured two major surgeries and

4 10, 2009

Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS)

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According to Cure Magazine, the successful myeloma chemotherapy drug, Revlimid, is also used to help patients with myelodysplastic syndromes. MDS is a catch-all diagnosis for a number of different blood disorders that usually require regular transfusion therapy. Use of Revlimid among certain types of MDS improved hemoglobin levels and close to 70% of these patients