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October 27, 2018
Stem cell collection is the first step of the stem cell transplant process. In myeloma, patients typically use their own stem cells for transplant. This is called an autologous transplant, or “auto” transplant. In order to obtain stem cells for your transplant, you will go through a stem cell collection, or “harvest” process. While the[...]
October 27, 2018
Neutropenia is when a person has little to no neutrophils, a type of white blood cell. This means that your body’s immune system is not strong enough to fight infections, bacteria, or other foreign antibodies. When one is neutropenic, it can lead to serious infections because the body has no way to fight it. Neutropenia can occur during[...]
July 6, 2018
Myeloma genetics is an important piece of the myeloma puzzle. If we know what type of myeloma we have, we can see if there are patterns of treatments received and resulting outcomes. The most commonly run genetics test is called the FISH test. A fluorescence in situ hybridization test (FISH) maps out the genetic material[...]
June 29, 2017
June 20, 2017
No two myeloma patients are the same. That being said, every patient, no matter their case, should learn and be aware of their specific cancer. They key to achieving that knowledge is patient literacy. According to David Somekh, Director of European Health Futures Forum, “…to be literate in their disease means that the patient understands[...]
June 6, 2017
Choosing a doctor to treat your multiple myeloma is one of the most important decisions you will make. Although a hematologist or oncologist can administer care, myeloma patients will live longer, according to the Mayo Clinic, if they are seen by a multiple myeloma specialist. Those who treat myeloma exclusively are able to stay up-to-date[...]
May 27, 2017
At the age of seventeen, one of my best friends was diagnosed with brain cancer. As she began chemo treatments the doctors explained that she would slowly lose her hair. Initially, that was frightening to her, but as she began to watch chunks of hair fall out as she brushed, she decided then and there that[...]
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