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13 01, 2015

Selinexor shows promise; fewer side effects than existing therapies

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A reader emailed me yesterday with questions about a clinical study featuring the experimental drug, selinexor (KPT-330).  A year ago, The International Myeloma Foundation's (IMF) Medical Director, Dr. Brian Durie, shared his excitement about eight different new myeloma therapies prior to ASH 2013.  Selinexor,  an oral drug from Karyopharm, was one of them: ASH insight

6 07, 2014

Experts starting to agree: Myeloma and diet linked

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Topping yesterday's summary list of foods for multiple myeloma patients to avoid: excessively toasted breads and baked goods. The process produces a acrylamide, a well known carcinogen.  For years myeloma specialists have told patients that diet has nothing to do with multiple myeloma.  This was still the prevailing view in 2012.  Danny Parker was ahead

9 02, 2013

Everything you always wanted to know about POM but were afraid to ask…

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The internet is flooded with excitement following the FDA's limited approval of celgene's newest IMiD, pomalidomide (trade name, POMALYST).  POM is an analogue of thalidomide (trade name, Thalomid).  Researchers actually developed POM before Revlimid, but sat on it for a decade--choosing to intensify clinical study activity recently, culminating in yesterday's FDA approval. I'm going to

15 12, 2011

Data presented at the IMF’s Journalist Workshop takes me on an emotional roller-coaster ride

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Yesterday I set the stage for today’s report about research data which was featured at the International Myeloma Foundation’s Journalist Workshop Monday night. My original intention was to share a lot of specific data and facts--nothing but the facts. I plan to do just that--except for the “nothing but the facts” part.  Because I think

14 12, 2011

International Myeloma Foundation’s Journalist Workshop features multiple myeloma related highlights from ASH

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I just finished writing an article about Monday’s night International Myeloma Foundation’s Journalist Workshop.  I will provide a link to the article as soon as it runs on the IMF’s website. Here’s an excerpt/preview from the article as I set the scene from the 90 minute media event: Monday evening I attended the IMF’s post-ASH

10 12, 2011

Hello from San Diego! Full coverage of Friday evening’s IMF Satellite Symposium event (Part One)

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Good morning!  Time zones.  Who knew going from Florida to California would be such an adjustment! The sun was setting as I flew in over downtown San Diego late yesterday afternoon,  I arrived  just in time to rush over to the convention center to cover last evening’s event, Myeloma Questions and Controversies:  New Developments in

29 05, 2010

Back To Basics: What Is Induction Therapy? Why Is It Important For Treating Multiple Myeloma?

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Recent e-mails have reminded me just how many newly diagnosed patients and/or caregivers log-on to this site each and every day. Keeping this in mind, I thought it was time to bring back my "Back to Basics" series, designed to help bring our new readers up to speed.One question: What is induction therapy? According to