Is chemo dead? Maybe not yet, but in some diseases it is fading fast. In 2000 I was one of the early patients to receive FCR for chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) in a phase II trial, and thousands have followed. The F and the C are chemotherapies and they are not kind to your body. [...]
I have never met the famous television interviewer Barbara Walters. I have never met actress and comedienne Whoopi Goldberg, or personalities Sherri Shepherd, or Joy Behar, or Elisabeth Hasselbeck. But I will – next Monday, May 2nd.
That’s because I have been invited to be a guest on the popular daily daytime television talk show [...]
I had breakfast this morning in Las Vegas with my friend, Dave Garcia. Dave is a pit boss on the graveyard shift at the Belagio Hotel where they made the modern day Ocean’s buddy movies. Dave is also a 52-year-old chronic lymphocytic leukemia survivor. He reached out to me online and we have been friends [...]
Andrew blogs from the first day of the American Society of Hematology’s 52nd Annual Meeting in Orlando, Florida, highlighting the day’s discussions.
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I have always heard that Northwestern Mutual Life (“The Quiet Company”) was a grade A company. And for years I have been happy to have a disability insurance policy and a term life one with them. I got those policies back in the early 1990’s and it was a good thing I did.
In 1996 [...]
The news wasn’t good this week for women concerned about breast cancer.
First came the story that some women were diagnosed with breast cancer, very early stage, had treatment – including disfiguring surgery – and then found out they never had cancer in the first place. The pathologist goofed, maybe even a second pathologist also [...]
Dr. Richard Pazdur, director of the Food and Drug Administration’s cancer drug office
They have a tough job, those government doctors, scientists, and bureaucrats who are charged with assessing the safety and effectiveness of proposed new medical products. As you know, they rely largely on studies presented by the applicants.
The FDA has the power [...]
Why does one patient, like Mike Katz of New York City, live 20 years with multiple myeloma and is still doing well while a neighbor, Dale, with the same diagnosis, has been given just a short time to live after three years?
Why am I living well 10 years after treatment for leukemia when others, [...]
My wife and family are alternately happy and unhappy about the prospect of me headed out of town to attend two medical conventions in a row. When they need me they REALLY need me, and when they have plenty else to do, I could be on the moon and they wouldn’t miss me. Oh well, [...]