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April 22, 2019
What is MRD? Minimal residual disease (MRD) is the name given to small numbers of cancer cells from the bone marrow that remain in the person during treatment, or after treatment when the patient is in remission. It is the major cause of relapse in blood cancers, including multiple myeloma and leukemia. Ultra-sensitive molecular biology[...]
April 13, 2019
“Chemo brain” is a term used to describe thinking and memory problems that can occur during and after cancer treatment. Similar terms can be chemo fog, cancer-related cognitive impairment or cognitive dysfunction. Chemo brain is “a highly prevalent chemotherapy-related side effect that occurs in up to 75% of patients with non-central nervous system cancers, affecting the[...]
February 2, 2019
There are so many myeloma phrases, terminology and acronyms that things can get incredibly confusing. Let’s talk about Relapsed Myeloma (sort of self explanatory) and Refractory Myeloma (need a refresher course on this one!). Relapsed Myeloma According to Dr. Sagar Lonial, MD of the Winship Cancer Institute at Emory University, Relapsed Myeloma “specifically includes patients[...]
January 28, 2019
The first vaccine ever used was in 1786 for smallpox. Since then, vaccines have become a commonplace way to help prevent disease and most are familiar with how they work. For these types of vaccines, a person is injected with an inactive state of a specific virus in order to aid the person’s immune system[...]
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[...]
April 3, 2018
During different cancer treatments like stem cell transplant, chemotherapy or radiation, a condition can occur called neutropenia. This comes from the lack of production of neutrophils (a type of white blood cell that helps combat body infections), which is caused by these treatments. Patients with myeloma, leukemia or lymphoma are more likely to develop neutropenia[...]
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