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Maintenance therapy for a myeloma patient includes curcumin

Posted Jan 08 2010 12:00am

Okay, the holidays are finally over…I have been giving my brain a bit of a rest but am now ready to start reading the studies that have been collecting dust on my desktop…

Today, though, since I have some translations to do, I only have enough time to post about a recently-published abstract that I just read, see: Here we have the case of a 39-year-old man with IgG kappa myeloma (my type, incidentally) who failed two chemo treatments but responded to other chemo combos, had an autologous SCT (stem cell transplant), then a kidney transplant that, however, didn’t go very well…anyway, you can go read the whole story…the poor guy had a very difficult time of it…

But this is the part that I really wanted to highlight: His maintenance therapy, in addition to six 2-week-long cycles of bortezomib separated by 1-week rest periods, includes cyclosporine (50 mg twice daily), prednisone (10 mg daily), and curcumin (9 g daily).

Wait a sec…what was that again??? Let’s see…bortezomib, cyclosporine, prednisone and…er…curcumin??? I was absolutely stunned when I first read that sentence. Pleased, too, obviously. But mainly, stunned.

I mean, here we have curcumin being used as part of a conventional myeloma treatment…This is the first time, I think!, that I have read anything of the sort…I sincerely hope it’s not the last…oh, I really hope so…

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