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10 11, 2013

New study proves acupuncture helps control Velcade induced PN

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Suffering from uncomfortable or painful peripheral neuropathy (PN) caused by using Velcade (bortezomib)?  Very little research has been done on drug induced PN; it's mostly focused on diabetic neuropathy, which encompasses a much larger patient subset.  Good news!  Check out excerpts from a helpful article on Medscape's website on the subject: Acupuncture Reduces Neuropathy Associated

1 09, 2013

Tips For Battling Peripheral Neuropathy

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Debating the pros and cons for using alpha lipoic acid last week reminded me that it was time to revisit ways to improve peripheral neuropathy symptoms.   Peripheral neuropathy (PN), is a common side effect of a number of chemotherapy drugs used to treat multiple myeloma.  Symptoms range from tingling or numbness of the toes, fingers,

8 08, 2013

Time to start another treatment cycle; I’m dreading it!

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I'm facing a number of life challenges these days.  My father's passing and travel, the Viagra malware MMB blog attacks that are proving difficult to fix, along with some ill-timed home maintenance issues have all raised my stress level to CODE RED!   So I shouldn't be surprised that starting my next four week chemotherapy cycle

25 06, 2013

Peripheral neuropathy? Dr. Berenson recommends alpha lipoic acid

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Don Baylor wasn't the only prominent guest on our Blog Talk Radio panel Thursday evening.  Myeloma specialist, Dr. James Berenson, joined-in and gave his two cents worth, too. I mentioned this weekend that Dr. Berenson assertively stated there is no solid evidence in medical literature supporting the claim that stress is bad for a cancer

3 04, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: New study proves duloxetine (Cymbalta) effective reducing painful peripheral neuropathy

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I'm preparing an article about this to post tomorrow.  In the meantime, I'm excited to report that a newly released Phase 3 study, published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA),  reports that duloxetine (Cymbalta) "was associated with a statistically and clinically significant improvement in pain compared with placebo." Here's a free

10 04, 2012

Easter Sunday complications remind me what it might be like without sub-q Velcade

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My friend, Richard, from our myeloma support group, is a big-time baseball fan.  He loves spring training, so he talked me into going to a game a couple of weeks ago in Dunedin, Florida.  It's about an hour drive from my home.  The Toronto Blue Jays were playing the Minnesota Twins.  The park is very

16 03, 2012

Peripheral neuropathy (PN) revisited – Part Two

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I just noticed that the first link was broken from yesterday's post that contained links to important Myeloma Beacon columns--and several other resources about peripheral neuropathy (PN).   It is fixed if you would like more background information and helpful suggestions from past years. Today, let's take a look at ways that you and I can

7 02, 2012

Looks like I just might be around for awhile…

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I met with my myeloma specialist, Dr. Melissa Alsina, at Moffitt Cancer Center in Tampa yesterday. Great news!  After completing my third, six week full dose RVD chemotherapy cycle, I learned that my monclonal protein reading (M-spike) has continued to edge downward. Let me back-up and fill-in a few of the blanks for our new

23 10, 2011

I’m not going to let a few chemotherapy related side-effects slow me down!

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Consecutive M-spike nonoclonal protein readings of 0.5--and now 0.6--seem to confirm my autologous stem cell transplant failed to vanquish my multiple myeloma. So how did it feel, starting the same Revlimid/Velcade/dexamethasone chemotherapy cocktail I had endured for four, three week cycles prior to my transplant Wednesday? Physically, not so bad. The dexamethasone (Decadron) that is

3 06, 2011

My Response To Reader Comments/New M-Spike Results/SCT Schedule Confirmed

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Lots to cover this morning...First, I'm still having technical issues which prevent me from responding to your comments in the usual way.  So let me do that here, now.Steven L. Ritter said this, following my last medical update:WOW pat.... Bummer....That is how I feel most of the time and I'm not even in treatment yet...!!

30 05, 2011

Multiple Myeloma Survivor Shares Her Experience Living With Chemotherapy Side-Effects

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My parents live in Rockford, Illinios.  I happened to read this story about a local patient with multiple myeloma a while back, and thought I would share it with you today:Rockford cancer patient aids awareness of chemotherapy effectsRRSTAR.COM: Staff writer Mike DeDoncker  - Posted May 20, 2011 ROCKFORD — This year’s cold, wet spring has given

2 12, 2010

International Myeloma Foundation Peripheral Neuropathy Patient Focus Group Held In Orlando Today

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Last month I was invited to join a pre-ASH group of multiple myeloma patients who were experiencing peripheral neuropathy (PN).  I wanted to share my notes and thoughts about the almost three hour round table event with you.The gathering was called the International Myeloma Foundation Peripheral Neuropathy Patient Focus Group.Our facilitators were oncology nurses Teresa

1 10, 2010

Comprehensive Study Completed On Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy (CIPN), Including Thalidomide/Velcade

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A fellow multiple myeloma patient forwarded me this excellent, comprehensive review of peripheral neuropathy he found on a site called  Here are some of the highlights:Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy: Risk Factors, Pathophysiology, Assessment, and Potential Physical Therapy InterventionsChemotherapy induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) affects many people treated for various types of cancer. Though advances in