Goodbye Oncologist

My oncologist left. I had a different oncologist in the beginning. A search on my insurance’s in-network doctors sorted by distance from my house gave me my first oncologist. He was fine. There was nothing wrong with him. But my autologous stem cell transplant introduced me to another oncologist — and his team, and his … Read more

Should Myeloma Patients Get a Third Covid Shot?

Update: I got my booster (third covid shot) last fall. I didn’t have any side effects from it, although my wife seemed pretty beat up for a day or two after hers. After my January meeting with my oncologist, I’ve learned that as a multiple myeloma patient, I’m considered immunocompromised, and they now recommend another … Read more

Weight Gain After Stem Cell Transplant

My oncologist said this would happen. More specifically, he predicted this would happen following my autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT or just SCT). At my 100-day post-stem cell transplant appointment, conducted as a virtual appointment thanks to coronavirus (we weren’t calling it Covid yet), my oncologist said, “Let me tell you what is going to … Read more

Myeloma Drug Glossary Dictionary

This is one of those things that I’m going to put into a nice graphic when I have the time. For now, hopefully this table proves useful as a thesaurus of myeloma drugs, and their brand names vs generic drug names. Myelo – A prefix meaning marrow or of the spine Myeloma – a tumor … Read more