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8 05, 2014

Pat’s Medical Update: Stuck in no man’s land, but not for long!

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"You have stable disease."  Dr. Roy pronounced at our first visit at Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville.  If only it were that simple! The last week was crazy busy with medical appointments and tests.  I saw three specialists: Dr. Vivek Roy, a hematologist recommended by Dr. Angela Dispenzieri and my good friend, oncology and transplant nurse

17 09, 2013

Patient Snapshot: Chuck’s challenging myeloma journey (Part Two)

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Yesterday I promised that I would "point-out another inexcusable error, this time made by Chuck’s hematologist.  And you will learn that Chuck’s myeloma road has been far from average or easy."   Here is Part Two of Chuck's myeloma journey: I finally met with my hematologist, and he ordered another serum protein test as well as

19 08, 2013

Conflicting statistics make treating myeloma complicated; see a specialist!

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Sites like this one often share statistical data revealed to us through clinical studies.  On the surface it seems simple enough.  But things aren't always what they seem.  Let me explain. Most all of the news in myeloma research these days confirms the OS advantage of achieving a complete response (CR).  Logically this makes sense;

15 02, 2013

New study pinpoints Velcade as drug of choice for high risk myeloma patients

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Our good friend and nutritional columnist, Danny Parker, is excited about a new study released last week in the Journal of the American Society of Hematology:  Improving overall survival and overcoming adverse prognosis in the treatment of cytogenetically high-risk multiple myeloma. Danny is considered a high risk patient, so I understand why this comprehensive study