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27 03, 2015

Why can’t I get my doctors to step up and help me!

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Last night I had the opportunity to interview one of the busiest stem cell transplant experts in the United States: Dr. William Bensinger from Seattle.  I try not to ask personal medical questions during my interviews.  But now is not the time to stick to shy and stick to the script! My first two questions

4 01, 2015

Patient Snapshot: David from Florida (Part Four)

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David, our featured allogeneic (donor) stem cell transplant recipient, has completed the high dose chemotherapy portion of the procedure.  He's also had his donor's cells infused into him a few days later.  David told me he felt surprisingly well to that point.  But something tells me reality is about to set in: Comparing the journey

19 12, 2014

Patient Snapshot: David from Florida

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My former myeloma specialist, Dr. Melissa Alsina, is running an unusual clinical trial for newly diagnosed patients, featuring an auto stem cell transplant, followed by an allo (donor) transplant.  Tandem auto/allo transplants are considered experimental and risky, especially for new patients.  However, Dr. Alsina and her colleagues hope to have developed a way to help

27 09, 2014

Is an allogeneic transplant a good option for me?

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Once again, the comments and emails I received concerning the quest for my next best therapy option rocked!  They are intelligent, well reasoned and most helpful.  Thank you!  Also, I have some new news on the allo front.  Too much to cover to put this off until Monday. Nick, I will get to your comprehensive,

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

24 03, 2014

Relapse review: What should Pat do next?

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I hadn't planned to write a follow up post about me today.  But I can tell from the flood of emails and comments I've been getting that some readers are concerned  I'm sitting back and not doing enough to battle my relapse. And there does seem to be some confusion about my treatment plan moving

4 02, 2014

Deja vu all over again: X rays identify new plasmacytomas under my ribs

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SNAP!  POP!  There goes a rib?  Friday's post wasn't wrong.  It simply didn't go far enough. After three days, my pain and  range of movement had actually started to improve.  That all came crashing down on Sunday.  I inadvertently used both my left and right arms to get up late in the day.   Until then,

17 10, 2013

Can chemo brain be fixed?

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Regular readers know that I'm being treated at Moffitt Cancer Center--on the campus of the University of South Florida--ever since I relocated to Florida just over four years ago.  I'm proud to share the news that Moffitt researchers are exploring ways to improve the cognitive impairment that often develops in patients undergoing long term chemotherapy,