The Health Benefits of Therapeutic Oncology Massage for MPN Cancer patients

therapeutic massage for MPN cancer patient

First in a Series – “Natural Healing Ideas for MPN patients” by David Wallace A Personal Perspective  Over the years, I have enjoyed a good massage on rare occasion.  An intense week of maneuvering the challenging slopes in Alta, Deer Valley and Snowbird, Utah comes to mind, about 15 years ago (pre-PV).  After 3 or […]

David Wallace, PV Reporter honored with 2016 Cure Magazine MPN Hero Award

David Wallace PV Reporter 2016 MPN Hero award winner

Our Third Year attending the MPN Heroes Program by David Wallace For the past 4 years, Cure Magazine and Incyte Corporation have recognized leaders within the MPN community with the MPN Hero award.  The two categories include commitment to the individual or community.  I am honored to receive this award for “commitment to the broader […]

Kickboxing my way to Sunshine!

exercise helps ET

by Christine Kennedy Happy new year.  I hope everyone will be in their best place this year.  This disease has a depression end and numbers have a deep hold on us.  Last year, physically and mentally, was my best year. Exercise Beats Exhaustion I started kickboxing.  I think my body needed exercise. Giving in to […]

MPN Focus Fall2016 – MD Anderson Newsletter – Itching Tips, PV Reporter

MPN Focus MD Anderson Newsletter - PV Reporter

The Zyrtec and Zantac combo is helping MPN patients get relief from Itching! Note:  At the bottom of the newsletter, in the left hand corner is a “next page” turner arrow.  You need to hover in this area to get the arrows to appear, as well as the zoom buttons.

Seven Gene Signature Depicts the Biochemical Profile of Early Prefibrotic Myelofibrosis

MPN gene

Click here for link to original publication. Note: At the bottom of each PDF page, be sure to click on the arrow (bottom left corner) to proceed to the next page. Copyright: c2016 Skov et al.  This is an open source article distributed under the terms of the creative commons attribution license, which permits unrestricted […]

Mast Cells and Histamine in MPN Related Itching Explained

mast cell in mpn

Publisher’s Note: PV Reporter is very pleased to welcome Kate Newberry as contributing writer.  She is collaborating with me on the Mast Cell Mania series providing the “medical commentary.” Kate Newberry is a Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Leukemia at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center collaborating with Dr. Srdan Verstovsek, […]

Over the Counter Combo of Zyrtec and Zantac helping PV patients get relief from Itching!

zantac and zyrtec for polycythemia

Part 1 in a Series – “Mast Cell Mania” at the Root of many MPN Symptoms by David Wallace Background A high percentage of polycythemia vera – MPN patients suffer from Aquagenic Pruritus, a fancy clinical term for itching.  Few patients presenting with itching are tested for PV, but it is a classic symptom that […]

A thrombopoietin receptor antagonist is capable of depleting MF hematopoietic stem and progenitor cells

MPN stem cells

The following abstract involved the work of Dr Ron Hoffman, the principle investigator (PI), senior member of the MPN group at Mt Sinai Hospital in New York City as well as the PI of the MPN-RC.  Xiaoli Wang, Phd, performed all of the lab work.  Dr John Mascarenhas was my point of contact for this […]

Heidi’s MPN Story – An Increasing Trend in Patient Advocacy

by Heidi Cascarano “Watch and Wait…” What other cancer, in the 21st century, is so misunderstood that your local doctor will struggle to diagnose you, possibly tell you he has a few other patients with it, then advise you to do nothing but get a therapeutic phlebotomy and take a baby aspirin?  You get online […]

An Opportunity to improve measurement of health related quality of life symptoms using MPN Patient reported outcomes

blood test results mpn

A Patient’s Perspective – Methods to Improve MPN Research by Collecting data and Blood test results from Patients by David Wallace As a PV patient, my treatment has run a wide spectrum during the last 6 years.  Starting with phlebotomy only, Hydroxyurea (short time frame), Pegasys (nearing 2 years) and now the “cutting edge combo” […]

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