Hope and Progress for Multiple Myeloma | Houston, TX


Saturday, July 11th  
MD Anderson Cancer Center  
Houston, Texas



An audience of myeloma patients and their caregivers joined us at a recent forum at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston to hear the latest treatment and research news, inspiring stories of people living well with myeloma, tips for effective communication with a healthcare team and more.

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Featured Video

In Myeloma, How Is Minimal Residual Disease (MRD) Measured?

Dr. Robert Orlowski from MD Anderson Cancer Center and Dr. Paul Richardson from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute explain minimal residual disease (MRD), how it’s measured and what the test means related to prognosis.


Dealing with Side Effects: Can Marijuana Be Beneficial?

Dr. Lorenzo Cohen and Dr. Robert Orlowski, along with myeloma patient Zoe, discuss the use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. While marijuana is not yet legal in every state, the experts share the research that shows improvement in appetite and pain.


Does Vitamin C Interfere With Myeloma Treatment?

Dr. Robert Orlowski from MD Anderson Cancer Center explains how vitamin C may interfere with certain myeloma treatments, and he provides recommendations for vitamin C consumption.


Supplements and Myeloma: Helpful or Harmful?

Experts from MD Anderson, Dr. Bob Orlowski, Dr. Lorenzo Cohen and Ally Day, weigh in on supplementation as it applies to myeloma treatment. The experts stress caution related to drug-herb interaction and the importance of disclosing anything you are taking with your healthcare team.


Smoldering Myeloma: Why Not Harvest Stem Cells Now?

Dr. Robert Orlowski responds to an audience member’s question about harvesting stem cells before smoldering myeloma becomes active to use for transplant later. He expands on this common question and discusses the risks associated with early harvest of stem cells.


Intimacy and Sexual Function: When Cancer Gets in the Way

Dr. Robert Orlowski and nurse Alejandra Day discuss how sexual function can be affected by cancer treatment, why it’s important to bring it up and how this matter is addressed by your healthcare team.


The Benefits of a Healthy Diet When Fighting Cancer

Dr. Lorenzo Cohen, Director of Integrative Medicine Program, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center discusses the importance of a healthy diet and how proper nutrition can prevent many diseases such as heart disease, diabetes and cancer.


Dealing With Bowel Issues Related to Myeloma Treatment

Nurse Ally Day talks about the importance of ensuring that your healthcare team knows about bowel issues, and Dr. Paul Richardson from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute expands on how to minimize these issues.


Smoldering Myeloma and MGUS: Why Watch and Wait?

Dr. Robert Orlowski from MD Anderson Cancer Center and Dr. Paul Richardson from Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, define the terms MGUS and smoldering myeloma as well as the reasoning behind the watch and wait period.


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Guest Presenters

Director of Myeloma and Professor in the Departments of Lymphoma/Myeloma and Experimental Therapeutics

Clinical Director, Jerome Lipper Center for Multiple Myeloma

Professor and Director, Integrative Medicine Program


Host and Patient Advocate, living with myeloma since 1995; Board member, Patient Empowerment Network

This town meeting was produced by Patient Power in partnership with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. Sponsored by the Patient Empowerment Network through educational grants from Amgen and Takeda. 

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