Does myeloma run in the family?
Ever since I began doing research on myeloma, one of my certainties–although with something like myeloma you can never be absolutely certain!!!–has been that myeloma is NOT a hereditary disease. Yes, of course, I’ve read about a few patients who had relatives with myeloma, but…only a few. If you do an online search, you will find that not much is known about the causes of myeloma. A few known ones are things such as pesticide exposure, past exposure to radiation, genetic changes that turn our plasma cells into MM cells…stuff like that. The family connection seems to be a minor one… To...
Source: Margaret's Corner - February 2, 2018 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Margaret Tags: Blogroll inherited cancer myeloma Source Type: blogs

What It Means to Be Your Own Patient Advocate
I learned what it means to be a patient advocate many years ago, when my dad was sick. We knew something was terribly wrong with this tall, strapping man when he started to lose weight and was continually fatigued. Our frustration grew as each time he went to the doctor, he came home with instructions to quit smoking. Fighting for My Father Patient advocacy often means working around the doctor, so I found a clinic in Toronto that would perform every test known to man to determine my dad’s illness. Thanks to the Canadian healthcare system, it wasn’t going to cost my dad anything. We quickly learned th...
Source: Life with Breast Cancer - January 23, 2017 Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Kathy-Ellen Kups, RN Tags: Breast Cancer Source Type: blogs

Chimeric Antigen Receptor Therapy Continues to Perform Well in Lymphoma Patients
We report here the safety, efficacy, and correlative studies of apheresis product, KTE-C19, and in vivo effects from the phase 1 portion of ZUMA-1. As of August 2016, the median follow-up time was 9 months. Nine patients were enrolled in the study. Two patients experienced adverse events due to disease progression, discontinued the study, and never received KTE-C19. Seven patients received conditioning chemotherapy and KTE-C19. Patients ranged from 29 to 69 years of age and had received two to four prior lines of therapy. Three were refractory to second-line or later lines of therapy, and four patients had relapsed ...
Source: Fight Aging! - December 30, 2016 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

The Latest on Chimeric Antigen Receptor Therapy for Leukemia
The use of chimeric antigen receptors (CAR) to create engineered T cells to attack specific varieties of cancer cell, identified by their surface chemistry, is so far proving to be effective for leukemia, a cancer of the immune system. Researchers are also making inroads in adapting the therapy for use in solid tumors. While an initial group of patients treated several years ago with the first pass at CAR T cell therapy remain in remission, the news here focuses on the results from a more recent trial: The 24 patients had undergone most standard therapies available to them and yet their chronic lymphocytic leukemi...
Source: Fight Aging! - December 6, 2016 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Another cancer quack dies…of cancer.
As a cancer surgeon and physician, I can’t stand Ty Bollinger. I’m sure that comes as a surprise to absolutely none of my regular readers, given what a massive cancer quack he is. Most recently, he has become known for a series of deeply dishonest videos about cancer, chemotherapy, and alternative treatments for cancer called… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - July 15, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Bill Henderson Budwig protocol non-Hodgkins lymphoma The Truth About Cancer Ty Bollinger Source Type: blogs

Another cancer quack dies … of cancer.
As a cancer surgeon and physician, I can’t stand Ty Bollinger. I’m sure that comes as a surprise to absolutely none of my regular readers, given what a massive cancer quack he is. Most recently, he has become known for a series of deeply dishonest videos about cancer, chemotherapy, and alternative treatments for cancer called… (Source: Respectful Insolence)
Source: Respectful Insolence - July 15, 2016 Category: Surgery Authors: Orac Tags: Cancer Complementary and alternative medicine Pseudoscience Quackery Skepticism/critical thinking Bill Henderson Budwig protocol non-Hodgkins lymphoma The Truth About Cancer Ty Bollinger Source Type: blogs

The UV index and cancer incidence
Originally developed by Canadian scientists, the UV index is now a standard measurement of UV radiation that reaches the earth's surface. It is an open-ended linear scale, meaning that there is no upper limit and that, for example, a 4 on the UV index is twice as much radiation compared to when the UV index is 2. The purpose of the UV index is to enable informed choices about sun protection/avoidance as per the recommendations in the chart. In fact the UV index is weighted more heavily for wavelengths in the UV spectrum that cause more skin damage. It is therefore not a pure measurement of the quantity of radiation but a d...
Source: Bayblab - July 16, 2014 Category: Medical Scientists Authors: Rob Source Type: blogs

More Sitting, More Cancer
One of the more interesting results from the study of health and lifestyle choices in recent years is the finding that time spent sitting correlates with increased mortality and a shorter life expectancy regardless of whether or not individuals also exercised. As for all such statistical investigations, there is a lot of room to speculate as to the web of related associations and which of them are actually contributing meaningfully to differences in health. This metastudy expands on the picture by looking specifically at cancer risk: Sedentary behavior is emerging as an independent risk factor for chronic disease and mor...
Source: Fight Aging! - June 19, 2014 Category: Research Authors: Reason Tags: Daily News Source Type: blogs

Cancer Rates Higher Near Certain Plants and Factories, New Study Says
Last year we told you about the 10 healthiest cities for women -- and warned you about the 10 unhealthiest, too. But here's something else for house hunters to consider: A brand-new study from Emory University reports that the incidence of Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma, a blood cancer, is significantly higher in communities located near refineries and manufacturing plants that release benzene into the surrounding air or water. (Source: The ND Blog: Notes from the Nutritionista by Monica Reinagel, L.D.N., C.N.S.)
Source: The ND Blog: Notes from the Nutritionista by Monica Reinagel, L.D.N., C.N.S. - July 29, 2013 Category: Nutritionists and Food Scientists Tags: Health cancer cities health news healthy cities home safety study Source Type: blogs

How To Motivate Off-Label Promotion? Gives Reps Trays Of $50 Bills
Three years ago, a former Cephalon manager filed a whisteblower lawsuit over alleged illegal marketing of two drugs – the Treanda treatment for chronic lymphocytic leukemia  and the Fentora painkiller – prompting  the US Attorney in New York to open an investigation into the drugmaker, which is now owned by Teva Pharmaceutical. Now, though, further details are emerging about the extent to which Cephalon executives allegedly conspired to use questionable studies and off-label marketing tactics to boost sales of Treanda, in particular.  The allegations, which were made by a former Cephalon employee...
Source: Pharmalot - June 20, 2013 Category: Pharma Commentators Authors: esilverman Source Type: blogs

Transcript of Dr. Bihari Video
00:00 to 02.26—Dr. Bihari gives his background and credentials. Dr. Bihari: My medical training started at Harvard Medical School. I graduated in 1957. Then I trained in Internal Medicine at one of the Harvard teaching hospitals in Boston, Beth Israel, and then in Neurology at Massachusetts General in Boston. Then I went to the National Institutes of Health for two years doing brain physiology—brain research. I did another residency training in Psychiatry in New York, at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center and then, over the following five or six years, I got very involved in working in Drug Addiction. By 197...
Source: HONEST MEDICINE: My Dream for the Future - May 16, 2011 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: JuliaS1573 at aol.com (Julia Schopick) Tags: Anecdotal Treatments HONEST MEDICINE Integrative Medicine Low Dose Naltrexone Obituaries Source Type: blogs

Give a hug to Kath-e: metastatic liver cancer patient 3 months in hospice
Please comment to give Kath-e a hug: being a metastatic liver cancer patient with primary non hodgkins lymphoma, she organized and shares her hospice experience: Hi Kaht-e here: I’m in this for three months since my prognosis and a brief update… Things changed since 3 months: I’m on morphine all day long … Funny thing […] (Source: Metastatic liver cancer)
Source: Metastatic liver cancer - July 5, 2010 Category: Cancer Authors: Daughter SK Tags: Palliative care hospice hospice cancer Source Type: blogs