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The Mighty Posts Our Story of Hope

By on Aug 2, 2016

As seen on Approaching the Christmas season of 2004 I was at the top of the world with a new job at a pharmaceutical company, attending a top-tier business school, and my wife was pregnant with our first child. On Christmas Eve I learned I was also a cancer patient with advanced PMP. I was lucky my local surgeon had seen one case of PMP before in his career and...

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UCSD Endorses PMP Pals!

By on May 4, 2016

PMP Pals is proud to share that Dr. Lowy and the Peritoneal Surface Malignancy Program Team at UCSD have recognized the PMP Pals Network for their work in supporting appendix cancer patients and their caregivers. In their Spring Newsletter, Dr. Lowy’s team explains how PMP Pals complements their comprehensive approach to fighting cancer. The Newsletter notes...

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Practical Advice for Dealing with the Side Effects of Chemotherapy for Appendix Cancer and Pseudomyxoma Peritonei

By on Jan 28, 2016

Systemic chemotherapy is prescribed for some patients with PMP and related cancers, either before surgery to reduce the tumor load, after treatment  to prevent recurrence, or to enhance quality of life. There are a variety of drugs that can be prescribed; the oncologist will choose the most appropriate ones for the patient’s individual situation.  While the...

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Changing Pseudomyxoma Peritonei Tumors and How We Can Treat Them

By on Jan 3, 2016

I’ve recently been asked what patients may have done to cause their appendix cancer to recur more aggressively. In this blog I’ll share some thoughts on why pseudomyxoma peritonei (PMP) may change over time and the strategies you might employ to combat these changes. It’s an important discussion because it’s natural for PMP to change and...

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Palliative Care – The New Model

By on Nov 28, 2015

Recently several Pals attended the PMP/Appendix Cancer symposium at the University of California at San Diego, where Eric Roeland, M. D. spoke on palliative care during cancer treatment. He stressed that under the new model, palliative care starts early.  Under the old obsolete model, palliative care normally would start after it appeared that other treatment was...

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