Tag Archives: chronic lymphocytic leukemia

Delaware News Journal Article

The Delaware News Journal ran the following story on me in connection with National Cancer Survivor's Day. While it's I live in Pennsylvania, I have worked in Delaware for many years.
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Clean Bill

For those keeping score at home, I had a follow up appointment with my favorite oncologist the other day. Everything is GOOD. My blood work is completely normal and I continue to feel really, really good. The results from a recent CT scan actually showed signs of a little growth against the previous CT, but [...]
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New Opportunities

It seems they found me through my blog and my writings about my diagnosis and now want to partner and manage media opportunities for me with Genentech. We had a great chat on the phone, I then received the below email. It just goes to show you that you never know who is listening. Read below:
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The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Applauds FDA’s Approval of Ibrutinib for Patients with Previously Treated Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia

CLL is second indication approved by FDA for ibrutinib; previously approved for mantle cell lymphoma patients (White Plains, NY) - February 12, 2014 – Today’s U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval of ibrutinib to treat patients with chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a significant advance for patients with this blood cancer.   Ibrutinib received FDA approval in [...]
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And I’m Out

And I’m Out I am happy to report that today I finished the last of my chemo treatments, hopefully for a while. If you have been following along, you’ll recall I had a few chronic lymphocytic leukemia symptoms reappear after having been in remission for quite some time. The answer was to zap it with between 4-6 [...]
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Another Treatment Down

Yesterday I sat through treatment number three in this current series of Rituxan sessions to treat a few of my leukemia symptoms that reappeared a few months ago. We made the decision to treat it once a month for anywhere between 4-6 months. So, 3 down and 1-3 to go. I feel great and I am looking [...]
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Riding Life’s Roller Coaster

It’s been an interesting few weeks. On November 3rd, I crossed the Verrazano Narrows bridge with 50,000 of my closest acquaintances on my way to finishing my 4th NYC marathon. It would have and should have been NYC number 5 but Hurricane Sandy had other thoughts last year. In a nice display of class, those [...]
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Rituxan & Decadron CLL Treatment Take 1 (again)

As some of you may know, I was in for another round of treatment yesterday to take care of a little flare up of my chronic lymphocytic leukemia. The plan is to knock it back with a handful of single day doses of Rituxan and decadron. These treatments will be spaced a month apart and [...]
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Health Check

I just wanted to give everyone a quick health update so you all get the same message at the same time. The back story is that I had routine blood work and a CT scan done over the last couple of weeks. My blood work showed an elevated white count with a higher concentration of [...]
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New Drug May Be Best Treatment for Leukemia Yet

(TIME.com) — It’s called ibrutinib, and it’s a potential breakthrough in treating chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) that could leave patients with fewer side effects than chemotherapy. In research published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), scientists report that the experimental drug, which differs from broadly acting chemotherapy agents by specifically targeting certain cancer-causing processes, [...]
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