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22 12, 2014

Tom Brokaw myeloma free

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Great news about progress of Tom Brokaw's multiple myeloma therapy: Tom Brokaw: The cancer is in remission." Below is a note from Tom Brokaw to NBC News staff: To my NBC FAMILY, A year ago my future was more uncertain than I cared to acknowledge but now I face the New Year with very encouraging

9 12, 2013

Welcome to the wild wild west of myeloma therapy!

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Covering technical, four hour events like Friday’s pre-ASH symposium can be challenging; even grueling.  My peripheral neuropathy and back pain makes it hard to sit still and type on the fly.  And this year I'm trying to tweet simultaneously while blogging. It’s hard for a symptomatic myeloma survivor to cover as much material as a

25 10, 2013

Dr. Richardson doesn’t disappoint!

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Dana-Farber's renown myeloma specialist, Dr. Paul Richardson, shared his thoughts about if, how and when autologous and/or allogeneic (using donor cells) stem cell transplants should be used to treat multiple myeloma. The program was scheduled to end after one hour.  But there were so many questions--and Dr. Richardson's answers were so thorough and detailed--the program

15 06, 2013

Consolidation Therapy? Myeloma Cinderella clues-us-in

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After stepping-back and taking some time to establish her own rockin' blog, Myeloma Cinderella is back.  What a treat!  Back to back columns from my two favorite contributors. WARNING: You are leaving my acronym-free zone Myeloma Cinderella is big on acronyms--the alphabet soup I try to avoid--and often uses terms I don't normally use.  I

4 06, 2013

Evidence starting to mount that maintenance therapy may help us live longer

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Incremental baby steps.  I hope I haven't given the wrong impression about myeloma news coming out of Chicago at this year's American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meetings.  I've been whining about how there hadn't been any big myeloma related news.  That part is true.  But there are hundreds of clinical trial results being presented

16 03, 2013

Maintenance therapy from a physician’s perspective

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Interested in a detailed, in-depth discussion about maintenance therapy; how and when to use it?  Then check-out this excellent educational video, hosted by Dana-Farber's Dr. Paul Richardson: From Medscape Education Oncology Practical Strategies for Maintenance Therapy in Patients With Multiple Myeloma: A Case-Study Approach CME Paul G. Richardson, MD; Jesús F. San Miguel, MD, PhD Intended

19 10, 2012

My bone marrow isn’t recovering between maintenance cycles. Could it be MDS?

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Who knew maintenance therapy could be so hard?  My white blood count has a history of being suppressed by Revlimid.  No surprise there.  And my counts have always bounced-back following a week of rest.  But since my stem cell transplant 15 months ago, that reliable resiliency has vanished. The absolute neutrophil count (ANC) is a

19 09, 2012

Traveling with multiple myeloma (Part Two)

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  I closed Monday’s post this way: “Taking things to the next level, timing is everything for a multiple myeloma patient who is undergoing treatment when they would like to travel.  Whenever possible, I try to anticipate my trips and time my chemotherapy cycles as best I can.”   Keeping up with one’s supplement and

5 09, 2012

To use maintenance or not to use maintenance–that is the question

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  To bring you up to speed, yesterday I wrote this: So as you can see, the answer to the question, “How long do I need to stay on maintenance therapy?” is a complicated one.  A majority of hem/oncs would answer, “Indefinitely.”   At least that’s what one needs to do in order to gain the

4 09, 2012

The million dollar question: How long do I need to stay on maintenance therapy?

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"My myeloma is stable.  How long do I need to stay on maintenance therapy?" This is the million dollar question for nearly all multiple myeloma patients at some time during their myeloma journey. More and more articles like the one below nudge us toward the decision to stay on maintenance indefinitely.  Give it a quick

12 05, 2012

More about Revlimid and secondary cancer risk

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Concerned about FDA secondary cancer warnings when using Revlimid? Dr. James Berenson helps patients understand a new FDA investigation regarding the use of lenalidomide (Revlimid) and thalidomide in a timely interview by Patient Power founder and host, Andrew Schorr. Dr. Berenson also comments on a new study from Sweden regarding increased risk of blood clots

6 05, 2011

Does Paris Prove Maintenance Therapy–Post SCT–Is Worth The High Cost And Extra Side-Effects?

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OK, OK.  I know I was a bit negative late yesterday afternoon after posting what I felt were far from impressive, post stem cell transplant (SCT) news and numbers researchers have found using Revlimid as a maintenance drug.But seriously--this isn't exactly "bombshell" type news that will excite most of my readers.  An 8% improvement in overall survival after 28 months