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15 10, 2015

My tandem transplant schedule

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Ready or not, I'm back in Iowa City, preparing to undergo my second modified stem cell transplant in less than four months. I was at the University of Iowa Cancer Center all day for tests. It was more grueling than I expected. Except for almost an hour wait, my second PET scan in two months

3 07, 2015

Just don’t touch me!

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If anyone tries to stick, poke, scan or cut me again I'm going to punch someone.  Good thing I have three days to rest up and recover. We collected just over a million stem cells yesterday.  My four day total: 7.9 million; more than enough to top off the 6.4 million Mayo Clinic and Moffitt Cancer

28 06, 2015

Busy day tomorrow…

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I've got several good friends, and a tech volunteer, working on Pat's Myeloma Beach Party online registration.  We had a  few glitches last year that I wanted to avoid.  Unfortunately, instead of producing and testing things on a practice site, the first draft appeared live.  There are still bugs to be worked out.  But the

23 08, 2011

Why Won’t Medicare Pay For A Myeloma Patient To Collect And Store Their Stem Cells? THAT’S CRAZY!

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In yesterday's article about stem cell transplants for older multiple myeloma patients, I mentioned in passing how Medicare might have an issue with harvesting first and transplanting later. My source was a myeloma survivor named Walt, and his wife and caregiver, JaneClare.  While speaking with them last week during our local Nature Coast Multiple Myeloma

22 08, 2011

Stem Cell Transplants For Older Patients

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I have been writing a lot about stem cell transplants lately, having recently lived through the experience myself. I hope my older readers haven't felt left out or disinterested.  Ten years ago, most transplant units excluded anyone over 70 years old.  But recently that number has steadily gone up to 75 or even 80 years

16 05, 2011

Inpatient Or Oupatient Recovery During And/Or After A Stem Cell Transplant: Which Is Better?

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For those of you who didn't read my site over the weekend, you have a lot to catch-up on!Friday I started a three part series about my day-long visit to Moffitt Cancer Center on Thursday.  But when I went to post the first article, Medical Update: Long Day At Moffitt Cancer Center Ends In Disappointment,

20 05, 2010

New Growth Factor Drug For Multiple Myeloma May Also Help Leukemia Patients

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Here is a link to an abstract with an update about advances in stem cell mobilization:  Update on clinical experience with AMD3100, an SDF-1/CXCL12-CXCR4 inhibitor, in mobilization of hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells.Interpreting this is beyond my pay grade!  Best I can tell, AMD3100 is a new stem cell mobilizer, with possible benefits as a

18 05, 2010

Reflections From A Caregiver: "In this cancer community of survivors, how do we promote the power of positive thinking and not leave behind those who’s treatments are failing to impact the disease?"

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I have been e-mailing back and forth with a caregiver named Kate.  She originally contacted me about an article I wrote last week, An Ambiguous Multiple Myeloma Maintenance Therapy Study Is Still Worth A Look.  As I often do, I was commenting on one of the numerous research studies I often read.  Here is the

2 04, 2010

Pro-Transplant Study By Spanish Multiple Myeloma Researchers

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Here is a Spanish, pro-transplant study abstract, recently published in Blood:Submitted August 21, 2009; accepted February 16, 2010. Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation for multiple myeloma beyond 2010Joan Bladé*, Laura Rosiñol, Maria Teresa Cibeira, Montserrat Rovira and Enric Carreras 1 Department of Hematology and Bone Marrow Transplant Unit, Institut of Hematology and Oncology, Hospital Clinic, IDIBAPS,

28 02, 2010

Short-Term Options For Treating My Refractory (Reoccurring) Multiple Myeloma – Along With A Visit To The American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge

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OK—so my multiple myeloma is back. Short and simple: Now what do I do? When I was first faced with this possibility several months ago, I wrote about how each and every long term mm survivor I had interviewed over the past few years recommended following the same approach—stick with the last treatment that worked

24 01, 2010

MMRF Site Features Comprehensive Treatment Options For Multiple Myeloma Patients

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The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) features an excellent, in-depth Website listing and explaining treatment options for myeloma patients. One piece of advice: Every newly diagnosed myeloma patient that may be a stem cell transplant candidate now, or in the future, should make arrangements to have their stem cells harvested. This accomplishes two things. First,

23 10, 2009

Myeloma Treatment Options

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The Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) features an excellent, in-depth Website listing and explaining treatment options for myeloma patients. One piece of advice: Every newly diagnosed myeloma patient that may be a stem cell transplant candidate now, or in the future, should make arrangements to have their stem cells harvested. This accomplishes two things. First,