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29 09, 2015

Snapshot frozen in time

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I'll delay the post I had planned to run today until tomorrow. I wanted to share a telling moment I experienced yesterday. Learning that insurance approved my second transplant next month, I needed to make airline reservations into the Cedar Rapids airport; it's a short 14 miles northwest of Iowa City. The weekend got away

21 12, 2014

Despite genetic inroads, myeloma still unpredictable

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A reader response to yesterday's post got me thinking about examples of how unpredictable multiple myeloma can be. I think myeloma patients are often lulled into a false sense of complacency.  For most, multiple myeloma is a slow moving cancer, easily managed for years; sometimes decades.  For others, its more aggressive. Cytogenetic testing may give

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

3 07, 2013

Happy Birthday? Reflections two years post-transplant

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Things have been hectic and I’ve been out-of-touch this week.  I’ll explain why tomorrow.  It must have been crazy for me to forget my “birthday.”  It was two years ago Monday that my stem cells were infused back into my body following high dose chemotherapy.  In other words, this is the second anniversary of my

21 05, 2013

New clinical trial tackles age-old question: What’s better, one transplant or two?

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This is the type of clinical trial that may help our doctors make better multiple myeloma treatment choices: A Promising Clinical Trial for Multiple Myeloma Patients Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 1:24pm Philip McCarthy, MD Director, Blood & Marrow Transplant Program Roswell Park recently honored March as Myeloma Awareness Month and I want to share

27 04, 2013

Top Ten reasons why myeloma specialists want to transplant NOW!

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Thursday I wrote:  There are strong forces at work here, pushing hard for early transplantation.  Some are economic.  But it goes deeper than that.  Push-back is strong and growing... If you would like to refresh your memory, here's a link back to Thursday's post: Is it reasonable to delay transplant? YES! But myeloma establishment doesn’t

26 01, 2013

Myeloma Cinderella: Disease vs Therapy (Part One)

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After a couple days change of pace, time to return to "myeloma 101."  Except suzierose's column this week is very technical--more graduate school level.  But don't let that detour you!  This weekend our very own Myeloma Cinderella finds more morsels of hope for high risk multiple myeloma patients:   Part One of Disease vs Therapy

20 01, 2013

Myeloma Cinderella: Tandem stem cell transplants exposed

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Before getting to our Myeloma Cinderella's next column, suzierose asked me to let everyone know that she's ecstatic to be attending inauguration ceremonies this weekend.  She compared it to the recent Rose Bowl trip Pattie and I took a few weeks back.  Living a new normal can be tough, but how fortunate she and we