Month: May 2009

Oral mucositis caused by your myeloma treatment

I was told about about a research project that’s underway.  I have no affiliation with the group, so please do your due diligence.  If you participate, let us know how it went.

We are currently looking for people that have suffered “oral mucositis” (mouth inflammation or sores) as a result of cancer treatment to participate in 45 min telephone interviews.

The purpose of this research is to understand what does or does not work as treatment for this condition.

The interviews can be scheduled this week and next and participants receive $100.

Please respond with interest to contacts below. If this is not you, please refer or post for others that may have interest.

Kind Regards

Jan Mallery-Groom RN
Clinical Project Manager

Possible link between formaldehyde exposure and myeloma

According to a recent article published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute Advance Access published online on May 12, 2009, it looks as though exposure to formaldehyde could raise one’s risk of lymphohematopoietic malignancies (blood and lymph cancers).

For an extremely statistical look, read the abstract ->

I had some exposure to formaldehyde during my twenties. Nobody can say for sure if that was the risk factor for me though. I worked around plastics.  A certain type of plastic, called high density polyethylene,  gives off fumes that contain formaldehyde when it’s heated to a high temperature.  We stood around at a factory with melting HDPE around us all the time.

More backyard wildlife

I found this spider clinging to the side of the pool today, so I got the net and fished it out.   I tapped it out onto the lawn.  At the time, I didn’t realize her bumpy back looked that way because she was carrying baby spiders. I’ve been told this is a wolf spider.  I only had my iPhone with me instead of a proper camera, so the image is a little bit fuzzy.

Mother spider with baby spiders on her back
Mother spider with baby spiders on her back

Southern Pines, NC back yard wild life!  If you have pictures of North Carolina spiders to share, let me know!


A few days ago, the tadpoles who made their home in the water that collected on my pool cover developed into tiny frogs or toads.  I’m still not sure what they are.  I took a short video on my camera of them hopping around on the pool cover.  Since then, they’ve almost all hopped away.  I can see some in the yard if I look carefully.  There are just a few tadpoles left, but they’ve almost lost their tails and have legs now.