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30 11, 2014

Managing chemotherapy side effects (Part Four)

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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. Listen.  Good nutrition and supplements like curcumin may help slow myeloma down up front.  But on the back end?  It takes the most powerful therapeutic combinations to stop it.  I feel

25 11, 2014

Managing chemotherapy side effects (Part One)

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Yesterday I wrote that, "I’m planning a series of posts about how side effects can change the way we live our lives, along with a number of tips designed to help make them more manageable."  This is my introductory installment. Over the past seven years I've personally experienced most of the common side effects caused

24 11, 2014

Next two weeks myeloma crazy!

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I wanted to give you a sneak peak of the next couple of weeks--crazy busy, both for me and the world of multiple myeloma research. The American Society of Hematology (ASH) annual meetings are in two weeks out in San Francisco.  That means there should be a lot of pre-meeting buzz, then the data and

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

1 06, 2012

Medical Update: Everything is harder after my stem cell transplant (SCT)

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  It has now been eleven months since my stem cells were infused back into my body, following high dose chemo on July 1st last year. I actually felt better three or four months out than I do now.  That’s because I hadn’t started RVD (Revlimid/Velcade/dexamethasone) consolidation therapy yet.  My oncologists started hitting me hard

29 03, 2012

Helpful video with tips about how to deal with treatment side-effects

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I saved this video from last month, featuring multiple myeloma experts Dr. Bill Bensinger of Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA)and Dr. Noopur Raje of Masschusetts General Hospital discussing limiting side-effects for multiple myeloma patients. This interview is from a"Living Well With Multiple Myeloma" event held at SCCA in November 2011: I don't know Dr. Bensinger,

5 02, 2012

Oncology: November 2011 Supplement well worth a look…

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Interested in doing a bit of "light reading" this weekend?  Then don't access the following three links I have been saving since November! Maybe you should just file these away for anytime you need a detailed anti-myeloma drug profile: The Future of Treatment for Patients With Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma Lots of in-depth information here about

29 11, 2011

Sub-q Velcade tips

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I have been experiencing just about every type of treatment side-effect imaginable lately. No big deal--just constant reminders that I'm undergoing chemotherapy and still recovering from this summer's stem cell transplant. I'm leaving today for Boston to represent my fellow patients on a panel discussion at Millennium Pharmaceuticals--makers of Velcade. I'm sure that one of