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1 10, 2015

Genetics and individualized myeloma therapy

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An important prognostic development was announced earlier this year by researchers in England. Check out this excerpt from MedPageToday's special report, Mutations in Myeloma Predict Outcome: The identification of 15 clinically relevant mutations in myeloma and the development of an international staging system mutation score (ISS-MUT) may make it possible to stratify patients with myeloma

4 04, 2015

BREAKING NEWS: Myeloma pioneer may leave UAMS

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Several Myeloma Institute for Research and Therapy (MIRT) patients have contacted me, concerned that world renowned myeloma specialist, Dr. Bart Barlogie, may be leaving UAMS in Little Rock. I’m having trouble getting a clear picture of what’s really happening. Apparently the split is contentious; not sure if he’s being forced out or asked to leave.

28 02, 2015

Total Therapy a possible cure?

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My good friend, Gary Petersen, recently returned from his annual visit to UAMS in Arkansas with a clean bill of health.  He's not far from being a decade myeloma free.  I have written several times, asking why more newly diagnosed patients aren't encouraged to try Total Therapy.  The upside is literally off-the-charts.  Gary's remarkable run

19 11, 2014

Dr. Gareth Morgan: New pathway to a cure!

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Last night's Cure Talks broadcast was both encouraging and overwhelming.  Myeloma Institute of Research and Therapy (MIRT) Director, Dr. Gareth Morgan, spent a great deal of time discussing upcoming advances in myeloma therapy and diagnostics.  This wasn't more of the same.  Dr. Morgan revealed a number of new, innovative approaches being initiated now in Arkansas.

2 09, 2014

California reader needs your help

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It has been a crazy busy day!  I spent the morning working with my landscape contractor.  Then the afternoon getting blood work, meeting with my local medical oncologist and undergoing radiation therapy.  Needless to say I'm wiped tonight! Our air conditioning conked out over the holiday weekend.  No parts available until today.  The good news

27 08, 2014

RESEARCH UPDATE: Kyrpolis and Total Therapy 3

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I have written a number of times about counter-intuitive research results involving progression free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS).  Here's another key example. I chose not to write about recent data from FOCUS, a key Kyprolis trial.  The drug's manufacturer, Onyx/Amgen, is attempting to garner FDA approval for myeloma patients that have relapsed two

24 08, 2014

Proof multiple myeloma docs have personal lives, too

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Dr. Bart Barlogie is a myeloma legend.  Love him or hate him, his unbridled obsession for finding a multiple myeloma cure has been relentless. The father of Total Therapy, Dr. Barlogie has helped the University of Arkansas Medical School (UAMS) develop one of the world's foremost multiple myeloma treatment centers, known as the Myeloma Institute

17 12, 2013

Dr. Frits van Rhee shares UAMS perspective

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As promised, here's the link to last night's Myeloma Cure Panel broadcast, featuring internationally known multiple myeloma specialist, researcher and professor of medicine in the UAMS College of Medicine and Director of Developmental and Translational Medicine for the Myeloma Institute of Research and Therapy (MIRT), Dr. Frits van Rhee. Co-host, Priya Menon, did an

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

27 07, 2013

Panel discussion featuring Dr. Shaji Kumar refreshingly frank and revealing

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Before I get started I wanted to share that my father, Ted Killingsworth, has passed-away.  He was surrounded by nearly a dozen family members.  They reassure me he was comfortable and quietly slipped-away.  I will post an obit sometime next week.  I will miss you, Dad! Thursday evening I participated in a Q & A

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

8 03, 2013

Ongoing diagnostics are used at different times and in different ways by different docs

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I was running out of time and energy yesterday.  PET scan, Velcade infusion and other tests went fine and I arrived safely home by 4 PM.  There is a significant difference in the way doctors around the country test and monitor their patients--an alarming difference. Yesterday I wrote this: I have been writing about Total