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17 12, 2015


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Looks like our highly toxic gamble to try a pair of salvage autologous stem cell transplants worked! I'm at the airport getting ready to board a plane to Atlanta on the way home, so no time to post details... Still, I quickly wanted to share the good news with so many that have been sympathetic

4 12, 2010

Live Coverage From IMF’s Multiple Myeloma Expert Panel Discussion Friday, December 3rd from the annual American Society of Hematology Meetings

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Good evening from the Grand Ballroom at the Peabody Hotel in Orlando, Florida.  I'm covering the IMF’s ASH kick-off event, Key Myeloma Questions for 2010: Latest Developments int Diagnosis, Prognosis and Risk Assessment in Multiple Myeloma.This should be of special interest to a cyber friend of mine, Thomas from Germany. Thomas contacted me three or four

27 04, 2010

Treatment Strategies For Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma- Part One

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I completed an advanced multiple myeloma related course this morning, Relapsed/Refractory Multiple Myeloma: Options for Subsequent Therapy: Optimal Management Strategies and Novel Agents in Multiple Myeloma, By: Amitabha Mazumder, MD.  Dr. Mazumder is Professor of Medicine at NY Medical College. Here are some of the basic points from the coursework: A new patient response category,

2 03, 2010

Reader Support For Respecting Diverse Therapy Decisions Made By Multiple Myeloma Patients

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I often reference e-mail comments I get behind the scenes about articles posted here from all over the world.  This reader has graciously allowed me to reproduce an example of this--a copy of her e-mail commenting on the article I wrote a week ago entitled, "Can't Multiple Myeloma Patients, Caregivers and Bloggers Just Get Along?"Just a

21 02, 2010

Real World/First Hand Patient Account Of How Different Novel Therapy Combinations Can Work In Unexpected & Surprising Ways

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I get e-mails from multiple myeloma patients like this one each and everyday.  I found Dick's story both compelling and instructive: Pat, I was diagnosed IIIB light chain in 2001 at the age of 65 and treated with pulsed dex initially, followed by ASCT in June, 2002. This gave me 3 years of CR. As

1 02, 2010

Long-term Outcomes of Autologous Transplantation in Multiple Myeloma: Significant Survival Benefit of Novel Drugs in Post-transplantation Relapse

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The following study was published January 22nd of this year in Cinical Lymphoma & Myeloma.  I found and accessed the study using my journalist credentials/membership on Medscape Today.  I won't post the entire study, just the abstract, discussion and conclusion.  This is a study completed in the Czech Republic--not that there is anything wrong with

1 09, 2009

Interview With Dr. Brian Durie- Part One

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Dr. Brian Durie was the key-note speaker at this weekend's IMF conference in Edina, Minnesota. Dr. Durie is an attending physician at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. He is also Senior Advisor for Multiple Myeloma and Related Disorders at Aptium Oncology. Dr. Durie co-created the Durie/Salmon Staging System, which is used worldwide for evaluating