No Medicare "Doc Fix" Could Result in Over 50% Salary Cut to Primary Care Physicians

Fortunately, the 27% reduction in Medicare payments to physicians that is set to take place in a matter of weeks unless congress acts is getting some press.  Fox News published this piece yesterday, as did the Washington Post. Writer Merrill Goozn…

Throat (Esophagus) Cancer Prognosis (Life Expectancy)

Esophagus is a long and muscular tube that moves food from the mouth to the stomach. Esophagus carries food you swallow to your stomach to be digested. Esophageal cancer is a cancer that occurs in the esophagus.Esophageal cancer usually begins in the cells that line the inside of the esophagus. Esophageal cancer is classified into [...]

Champions For And Against Routine PSA Screening Test

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The USPTF claims that if the government panel’s analysis of the science is correct, thousands of men were probably harmed by unnecessary tests and treatments. The US Prevention Task Force has recently advised men against opting for a routine PSA screening test. The announcement has not gone well with many in the field. Here is [...]

Nationwide multiple myeloma media event today in Boston

I’m here in Boston, preparing for this afternoon’s media event. It’s a hectic day, but I wanted to share a bit about what’s going on. Today’s panel discussion is sponsored by Millennium Pharmaceuticals, and will focus on the role of progression free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS) data in real-world clinical decision making for [...]

Sub-q Velcade tips

I have been experiencing just about every type of treatment side-effect imaginable lately. No big deal–just constant reminders that I’m undergoing chemotherapy and still recovering from this summer’s stem cell transplant. I’m leaving today for Boston to represent my fellow patients on a panel discussion at Millennium Pharmaceuticals–makers of Velcade. I’m sure that one of [...]

Cystic Fibrosis Prognosis (Life Expectancy)

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Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disease of the mucus and sweat glands. It affects mostly your lungs, pancreas, liver, intestines, sinuses and sex organs. CF causes your mucus to be thick and sticky. The mucus blocks the lungs, causing breathing problems and making it easy for bacterial growth. This can lead to problems such [...]

Researchers reveal 30% genetic multiple myeloma risk

Researchers released some groundbreaking news on Sunday.  Turns out they have identified a genetic component to multiple myeloma. One of the most common questions I hear when I speak to patients and caregivers at support group meetings:  “Does multiple myeloma run in families?” Up to this point, if you asked your oncologist that question the [...]

Liver Cancer Prognosis (Life Expectancy)

Liver Cancer

The liver is a vital body organ located in the upper right part of our abdomen, just below the diaphragm and above the stomach. The cancers beginning from the liver cells are referred to as liver cancer or hepatic cancer. The liver is made up of different types of cell. These liver cells make up [...]

More about how diet, exercise and carefully-chosen supplements can help improve our overall survival

Here is Part Two of Danny Parker’s introduction to using  supplements and complimentary medicine while battling multiple myeloma: So, back to the fundamental question. Could diet, supplements and exercise play a role in the slowing of progression of the disease? And to answer several questions before they arise. No, I am not an advocate of [...]

What role can diet, exercise and carefully-chosen supplements play in improving our Overall Survival?

I am excited that regular reader and fellow multiple myeloma patient, Danny Parker, has agreed to officially share some of his informal research findings with us. In his spare time, Danny is a thoughtful supplement and complimentary medicine enthusiast.  But no need to try and define who and what Danny is here and now.  I [...]

There are still a few seats available for IMF’s pre-ASH Symposium in San Diego

The IMF will be featuring a pre-ASH kick-off event the Friday evening before ASH in San Diego. I just checked with IMF officials who assured me there are still tickets available to this year’s Satellite Symposium on Friday Evening.  Here is a link to the online registration page: http://www.clinicaloptions.com/Oncology/Live%20Events/Satellite%20Symposium/Multiple%20Myeloma%202011.aspx I will be there covering the [...]

It will be a wonderful Thanksgiving this year at the Killingsworth’s!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!  I couldn’t resist including an image which includes a picture of Snoopy and Woodstock… Pattie loves Snoopy! It will be a wonderful thanksgiving this year for us here in warm, beautiful Weeki Wachee, Florida! Need proof?  Here are a just a few of the many comments and emails I have received since [...]

Say it ain’t so: Should multiple myeloma patients avoid using the supplement glucosamine?

I have been taking glucosamine to help joint pain in my knees for almost a decade. I truly believe it helps.  If I stop using it for several days, my knees hurt.  That’s enough evidence for me. But this morning, I read an obscure report about how glucosamine is contra-indicated for multiple myeloma patients. WHAT?  [...]

My assignment at this year’s ASH meetings: Blogging for the IMF!

Did I happen to mention that I will be doing freelance writing for the International Myeloma Foundation (IMF) at this year’s ASH meetings in San Diego? I’M VERY EXCITED! I will be covering a variety of presentations and events, including poster presentations, panel discussions and interviews with internationally recognized clinicians and researchers who are focused [...]

GREAT NEWS MONDAY! My M-spike is down significantly…

Good news for me Monday.  I met with Dr. Alsina and all is going as hoped! My M-spike has been cut in half, from 0.6 to 0.3.  WHEW! Honestly, I was starting to worry.  Both about an unexpectedly shorter life–and spending much of my remaining searching from specialist to specialist for anything that could slow [...]

5 Tips for How to Have a Truly Happy Thanksgiving

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Dear CureTalk readers. This week many of us will enjoy time with family, friends, relaxing, and of course, eating.  I wanted to share with you some insights I’ve gained during my past 34 years enjoying and at times enduring the Thanksgiving holiday. Don’t sweat the small stuff.  Everyone expresses love and joy in different ways. [...]

Today is a fateful day… I learn how well my post-transplant consolidation therapy is working

I’m heading-off to Moffitt Cancer Center first thing this am to meet with my myeloma specialist, Dr. Melissa Alsina. My worsening M-protein test numbers–or M-spike–a few months following my autologous stem cell transplant were alarming.  Today I learn just how well my consolidation, post-SCT therapy using Revlimid, Velcade and dexamethasone is working. After five weeks [...]

Parkinson’s Disease Boot Camp Includes Yoga, Dance Therapy and Meditation

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A little over a month ago, University Hospitals Movement Disorder Center, in partnership with Courage Steps for Parkinson’s Foundation Northeast Region, offered a Boot Camp for those diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD).  Friends and family members were also invited to attend. The hands-on day event contained a multitude of sessions. Engaging benefits of physical therapy, [...]

FDA Yanks Metestatic Breast Cancer Indication away from Avastin

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Late last week, the FDA made a final decision to pull Avastin (Bevacizumab) as a treatment for women with metestatic Breast Cancer. After working in the oncology field for nearly a decade, this comes as a surprise as Avastin was so widely prescribed. “It does not improve survival,” said Dr. Joanne Mortimer, director of the [...]

PLCO And ERSPC Clinical Trials, Two Landmark Studies Of Prostate PSA Screening

PSA Screening Controversy

Prostate specific antigen blood test is part of routine prostate screening in the US. Men over 50 years of age take the test for detecting presence of prostate cancer (indicated by high PSA levels). However, recent recommendations announced by the US Preventive Task Force, advising men against taking PSA test has brought the scientific basis [...]