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11 09, 2013

Black Swan Research Initiative (Part Two)

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With few exceptions, most myeloma specialists don't believe that our cancer can be cured using therapy options available today.  These exceptions include a small percentage (5-10%) of allogeneic (donor) transplant recipients, and possibly some low risk, Total Therapy grads from Arkansas.  Any others are considered outliers; rare exceptions that don't fit the norm. Five years

26 04, 2013

BREAKING NEWS: Dr. Orlowski working on experimental myeloma vaccine

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Sorry, but I need to delay Part Two of my expose' about stem cell transplant timing until tomorrow in order to take care of some important housekeeping.  Last night I participated in a wonderful Myeloma Cure Panel broadcast featuring M.D. Anderson's Dr. Robert Orlowski.  Dr. Orlowski is an exceptional myeloma expert.  I would rank him

27 02, 2013

Cure Talk support group webcast debuts Thursday

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I will be hosting this month's Myeloma Cure Panel webcast tomorrow evening at 6 PM Eastern time.  The broadcast will focus on questions you have about how best to withstand the seemingly endless assault of multiple myeloma--and myeloma therapy--on our quality of life. Cure Talk sponsors these broadcasts.  Click-on the headline link below to read

18 02, 2013

Total Therapy Demystified (Part Two)

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Today Nick break's Total Therapy (TT) down into distinct segements; induction, transplants, consolidation and maintenance. Total Therapy Demystified (Part Two) Multiple myeloma survivor and Total Therapy Patient Nick van Dyk PHASE ONE:  INDUCTION In traditional conservative treatment approaches, induction refers to the use of one or more agents to reduce disease burden before a transplant.

17 02, 2013

Total Therapy Demystified (Part One)

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For someone that isn't a doctor, I know a lot about myeloma therapies.  Not so much about the science of how they work, but the timing of it all--when best to use them and ways to help minimize side effects.  But I still have a lot to learn about one specific treatment philosophy: Total Therapy.

28 12, 2010

Was Controversy About Secondary Cancer Risk Among Long Term Revlimid Users Reactionary Or Overblown?

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A fellow multiple myeloma patient blogger and good friend, Nick van Dyk, shared his views about the recent secondary cancer scare for long term users of Revlimid today:  Some thoughts on this Revlimid situation...perhaps a false alarm?Nick lives in California, yet he travels all of the way to Arkansas to see myeloma specialists at UAMS. 

14 05, 2010

Inspirational Multiple Myeloma Patient Profile: Blogger Nick van Dyk

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As part of the continuing series about inspirational multiple myeloma patients, I would like to introduce you to Nick van Dyk from Los Angeles.  Over the past year or so, Nick and I have become close friends. Last year, Nick wrote a three part essay, Living WITHOUT Multiple Myeloma, about his experiences with multiple myeloma and

14 11, 2009

Important Advice For All Multiple Myeloma Patients!

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I hope you all read yesterday's third and final installment of Nick's myeloma story. He concludes by giving us five important things all myeloma patients should do. To summarize: Recognize that you are your own best advocate, and take ownership of your disease. Advice is great, but ultimately the choice is yours. Learn everything you

13 11, 2009

Living WITHOUT Multiple Myeloma – Part Three

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Here is the third and final installment of Nick van Dyk's multiple myeloma story. He makes a number of important points which are relevant for any myeloma patient:There are a few things from my experience, though, that I think can serve just about anybody facing this diagnosis. So if I can leave you with a

12 11, 2009

Living WITHOUT Multiple Myeloma – Part Two

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Before I continue Nick's story, I wanted to share a wonderful experience I had yesterday with you. Before we moved to Florida, while I was writing my first book, I started corresponding with a gentleman named Jack Pacowta. Jack had started a multiple myeloma support group in Jacksonville, Florida. Jack was frank, open and honest