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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

20 07, 2013

Groundbreaking news that was overlooked at ASCO 2013

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Before ASCO even got started the first week of June, our lifestyle columnist and my good friend, Danny Parker, alerted me to an incredibly important abstract that we both knew would get lost among all of the hype.  A retrospective study conducted by myeloma specialists at Mayo Clinic, it revealed some groundbreaking overall survival (OS)

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

28 05, 2013

The “What if?” game: What do you wish for?

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Last evening, Pattie and I took our dog, Finnegan, for a long walk.  The weather was gorgeous; mid-70's with a cool breeze.  Since walking our sometimes rambunctious hound isn't a good idea for me while I recover from hip replacement surgery, Pattie has been handling the leash. Pat & Finnegan, courtesyphotographer Stephanie Dye

19 03, 2013

Responding to IMiD and proteasome inhibitor may be game changer

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Friday I left everyone hanging when I wrote:  Monday I am going to explain how this seemingly mundane result–a 0.2 M-spike–may have been the most fateful news I have ever received as a soon to be six year multiple myeloma survivor.  I know I said Monday.  But I couldn't resist yesterday's fun and frivolous, self

3 12, 2011

Are we closer to a cure than everyone thinks? What an amazing experience! (Part Two)

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Yesterday I set the stage for Wednesday’s media panel discussion outside of Boston. Today I wanted to continue by sharing some of the things I learned from our distinguished panel. Following introductions our moderator, Anne Quinn Young, Vice President of Strategic Alliances for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF), got us started with a brief

2 11, 2011

YES! A patient can wait to transplant

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Did you happen to read this article in The Myeloma Beacon Monday: Study Finds Early And Delayed Stem Cell Transplants Have Comparable Efficacy In Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma Patients If not, CLICK HERE to access the article. This is very important news.  The question most often asked by a newly diagnosed multiple myeloma patient after

13 12, 2010

Whether Or Not To Use Maintenance Therapy: A Patient’s Perspective

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As I mentioned in yesterday's post, maintenance therapy was one of several hot topics at this year's American Society of Hematology annual meeting in Orlando, Florida last week.  Maintenance therapy is a term which is used to to describe treating a patient with chemotherapy after a stem cell transplant (SCT).   But it can also apply