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Lots of myeloma-related odds ‘n ends…

Happy Saturday!  I thought this might be a good day to group together and share several different multiple myeloma-related odds and ends…

I rarely promote cancer fundraisers.  Not that I don’t support them %110, but I always figure if I support one then I have to support them all.

One exception I have made over the years is to pass-along info about The Sweet Water Paddle for the Cure in Tampa, Florida.

This will be the 4th annual event.  It will be held Saturday, May 5th.  There are serious races and just fun paddling around for the family.  All proceeds benefit the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF).

Held each year at 1001 North Blvd in downtown Tampa at the Riverfront Park.

Go to BeatCancerWithAPaddle.com to get more info and register.

Arnie Goodman does a wonderful job with this event.  He also aids Moffitt Cancer Center by helping to organize their information patient seminars.  You can contact Arnie at:   info@beatcancerwithapaddle.org  or by phone: 813 453 7923.

Next, our good friend, nutritional guru, Danny Parker, passed-along this link to me earlier this week with more evidence that resveratrol helps with chemo:

http://www.pnas.org/content/early/2012/03/12/1114278109.full.pdf+html

I have mixed feelings about resveratrol.  One study I read (Sorry, can’t remember the source) talked about how using just a bit and not using enough could actually hurt a patient’s results.

All I know is like most supplements, bounce this off your doctor–not that he or she is likely to have an opinion or understand how or why resveratrol may or may not work.  So tendency is for most docs to discourage supplement use because they don’t know enough about it.  Sorry, no easy answer about how to deal with this conundrum…

I wrote a post today about news the FDA has approved a drug for a rare type of sarcoma on HelpWithCancer.org.

I mention this because I write some commentary at the end about how glad I am the FDA approved the new drug, even though it only benefited a small subset of patients–just like most myeloma drugs do.  Hopeful news/precedent for approval of all these new myeloma drugs which only help a small number of us who have become refractory to Velcade and Revlimid?

Here is the headline link:  BREAKING NEWS:  FDA panel votes 11-2 to approve new sarcoma drug.

Finally, here is another LINK to a video and PR story someone emailed me about a new, experimental cancer drug:

Roswell Park Launches Landmark Immunotherapy Vaccine Trial

I couldn’t find multiple myeloma specifically mentioned.  But a whole lot of other cancers were:

The new NY-ESO-1 dendritic cell vaccine is expected to show great promise in patients with bladder, brain, breast, esophageal, gastrointestinal, hepatocellular, kidney, lung, melanoma, ovarian, prostate, sarcoma and uterine tumors.

These studies always seem so promising.  I don’t want to sound skeptical, but any research group which claims it has developed a therapy which can help so many cancers sounds the alarm bells in my head.

Still, how exciting!

Have a great weekend, everyone!  Get outside and move!  Eat extra some raw fruits and vegetables–and don’t forget to feel good and keep smiling!  Pat