Pat Killingsworth's Archive

Pat writes a monthly column for The Myeloma Beacon. He was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in April of 2007 at age 51. However, Pat initially experienced what is called a complete response (or temporary remission), achieved by using a combination of extensive radiation and chemotherapy. Although his multiple myeloma has returned, it is still under control—and it hasn't slowed him down! Pat has written a book about his experience called "Living with Multiple Myeloma," and Pat maintains two blogs, Living with Multiple Myeloma and Help with Cancer . Pat's wife, Pattie, is also a cancer survivor. She remains cancer free today. The Killingsworth's have dedicated their lives to helping other cancer patients and survivors learn to cope with their disease.

Pat Killingsworth has written 129 article(s) .

[ by | Nov 25, 2010 11:14 am | 10 Comments ]
Pat's Place: Things I'm Thankful For As A Multiple Myeloma Patient

I wanted to take this opportunity to wish all of my fellow multiple myeloma patients, their friends, families, and caregivers a happy Thanksgiving!

If you think about it, Thanksgiving is an ideal holiday. Rich or poor, young or old, healthy or sick with cancer, everyone has something to be thankful for. And it is a relatively non-denominational holiday.

But it isn't perfect. It is a difficult day to be alone. And yet large family gatherings can be overwhelming, stressful, or …

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[ by | Nov 18, 2010 12:51 pm | 10 Comments ]
Pat's Place: Beware Of

“You have multiple myeloma.” I would guess you didn't even know what multiple myeloma was when you heard those fateful words some time ago.

But chances are, if you are reading this column, you moved past that uninformed point some time ago.

As a newly diagnosed patient, you go from knowing nothing about your cancer to being an expert in a matter of months. Continue along the learning curve I just described, and your understanding may exponentially expand to the …

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[ by | Nov 11, 2010 10:49 am | 25 Comments ]
Pat's Place: Living The Life Of An Average Multiple Myeloma Survivor

One week ago, I celebrated an important milestone: I have survived 43 months with multiple myeloma.

What was so important about 43 months? That was the median life expectancy at the time I was diagnosed.

It is only human nature to immediately ask the question, “Doctor, how long do I have to live?” after you learn you have cancer.

My Mayo Clinic oncologist, Dr. Steven Zeldenrust, was forthright and honest with me when I asked him that question back in …

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[ by | Nov 4, 2010 2:07 pm | 20 Comments ]
Pat's Place: A Myeloma Patient’s Reflections On Maintenance Therapy

More and more studies are showing that using maintenance therapy after a patient achieves a complete or very good partial response delays progression of multiple myeloma.

In this case, disease progression is the amount of time it takes for your multiple myeloma to return after it responds to treatment, also frequently called relapse. Maintenance therapy can be used following a stem cell transplant or after using novel therapies during the initial phase of treatment.

The jury is still out whether …

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[ by | Oct 28, 2010 12:11 pm | 4 Comments ]
Pat’s Place: Flying The “Friendly Skies” With Multiple Myeloma

Air travel can be challenging, especially with an ongoing health condition. Multiple myeloma is certainly no exception. Busy airports, long security lines, and packed planes can be frustrating or even bad for your health.

Here are a few things multiple myeloma patients can do to in preparation for flying:

1. Don’t forget your address book. It is important to have all of your medical contact info with you when you travel, including your doctors’ phone numbers and insurance information. …

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