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7 11, 2014

FDA approval of panobinostat unlikely

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As I reported yesterday, an FDA committee has reviewed clinical trial results for the experimental myeloma drug, panobinostat.  Five of seven committee members voted not to recommend FDA approval. Apparently, the overriding concern was the number of patients that were forced to drop out of the Phase 3 PANORAMA1 clinical trial while using the drug. 

24 04, 2013

Cautious optimism and “keeping it real”

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Pattie and I returned home last night after a short visit to Rockford, Illinios, to visit my ailing 91 year old father.  He’s doing better than one might expect for a guy that has had valve replacement surgery and recurring prostate cancer.  It was great to see him! On the flight home I wrote my

16 01, 2013

Interview with remarkable myeloma survivor, Arnie Goodman

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Yesterday was a remarkable day.  Why?  Because I got to spend almost 2 hours one-on-one with a remarkable man--myeloma survivor, retired physician, fellow Myeloma Beacon columnist and family man, Arnold Goodman. Arnie Goodman.  The man who just underwent his third stem cell transplant in seven years; this time an allogeneic (donor) transplant.  Arnie's allo transplant

8 09, 2012

I’ve been busy!

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No one understands how busy people get these days better than me.  I should probably start saying "NO!"  But by writing a lot--and for different publications--I believe I can reach more patients and caregivers. My mission is to help as many people who have been touched by cancer as possible.  And by focusing on multiple

10 04, 2012

Easter Sunday complications remind me what it might be like without sub-q Velcade

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My friend, Richard, from our myeloma support group, is a big-time baseball fan.  He loves spring training, so he talked me into going to a game a couple of weeks ago in Dunedin, Florida.  It's about an hour drive from my home.  The Toronto Blue Jays were playing the Minnesota Twins.  The park is very

27 03, 2012

Treat multiple myeloma like it’s a marathon–not a sprint!

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The Myeloma Beacon's Virginia Li wrote an interesting report late last week, highlighting how "more is not necessarily better" when it comes to myeloma therapy. Here is the first part of her article: Among Velcade-Based Combinations, Four-Drug Combo Is Not More Effective Than Similar Three-Drug Combos For Newly Diagnosed Multiple Myeloma The results of a