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All posts by David Emerson

Cisplatin-induced Kidney Damage in Myeloma

Cisplatin-induced kidney damage is a common side effect cancer patients undergoing cisplatin therapy.  For myeloma patients, the risk of kidney damage is greater because many NDMM patients present with

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Chemo brain Therapies-

According to the research linked below, yoga is an effective chemo brain therapy. I am a long-term cancer survivor myself who has grappled with chemo brain (chemotherapy-induced cognitive dysfunction)

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Myeloma MRD Post Induction?

Can newly diagnosed myeloma reach MRD post induction therapy without also having an autologous stem sell transplant and achieve longer progression-free survival (PFS) and overall survival (OS)? According

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Functional Decline in Breast Cancer Survivors!?

Functional decline in breast cancer survivors is a fancy way of saying that chemotherapy and radiation cause DNA damage which results in premature aging as well as other long-term side effects. There is

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Marfan Syndrome Aortic Root Dilation

On Wednesday May 8, a Cleveland Clinic doctor told me that I have Marfan’s Syndrome. While I certainly exhibit Marfan symptoms, and while MS certainly runs through my family, I have to admit that

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Radiation-Induced Brachial Plexopathy

Radiation-induced brachial plexopathy is a short, long-term or late stage side effect of radiation causing damage to surrounding tissue. According to research, more than half of all cancer patients will

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Myeloma Long-Term Overall Survival

According to the article linked below, myeloma long-term overall survival is associated with achieving minimal residual disease status for one year after the newly diagnosed myeloma (NDMM) patient completes

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Heart Disease Second Malignancy-1st 2nd Cause of Death!

“Of those (cancer) survivors, heart disease is the second leading cause of death. The first leading cause of death is second malignancy…” If you are a cancer survivor, you may need a

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Cardiac Rehabilitation the easy way?

Consider cardiac rehab the easy way. I don’t know why cardiac rehab referral rates are so low, as mentioned in the article linked below,  but I thought I’d explain what I do because I believe

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Chemotherapy-induced Heart Failure- Cardiology Bias

Chemotherapy-induced heart failure (CIHF) is a serious side effect caused by cardiotoxic chemotherapy taken by the cancer patient. The article linked and excerpted below makes it sound as though this side

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Cardiotoxicity in Cancer

Cardiotoxicity in cancer can be a serious short, long- term and late stage side effect. In my research and experience, I think that the study linked below gives a satisfactory basic explanation of the

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Building Resilience when diagnosed with Myeloma

Building resilience when diagnosed with myeloma should be job 1. Or at least in the patient’s “five things to do list.” I’m going to stick my neck out and say that I’ll bet

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