Friday, September 1, 2017

Seeing patients in Corvallis and points north

Dear Friends,

Blogging has become a hobby which my life has prevented me from accomplishing recently.  The good news is that I've been publishing a ton in CLL and NHL and keep working with our pharma partners to bring new therapies to patients with these diseases - the bad news is that life has gotten too busy to keep up the blogging which I really enjoy doing.

None the less, I am still trying to move the needle forward in CLL/NHL research and there are so many cool things going on, it is hard to inventory them all in one place.

I wanted to briefly post here to let you know that I am now seeing patients in Corvallis Oregon two days per month (second and fourth Thursday).  While I already have a pretty substantial population of patients who come to my clinic from Lynn/Benton and Multnomah counties, I am now a lot closer to you all.  For patients from these areas or other points north, I am happy to see you there instead of having you come all the way to Eugene.

If you would like to be seen, call my clinic 541-683-5001 and ask about being seen in Corvallis.

Secondly, I am participating in an upcoming "Town Hall" event with Patient Power on Sept 23 in Portland.  Info for the free event linked here (Sept 23 in Portland)

Sincerely,
Jeff Sharman

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Supplement Fraud

Many of you who have followed my blog for a long time are aware of my concerns about supplements.  I have a lengthy blog post about the topic linked here.

Now comes word from the FDA cracking down on 14 manufacturers of 65 products for making false claims of efficacy in treating cancer.

Here is a link to the press release.

Here is a list of the specific supplements under investigation

Frontline investigations did a spectacular one hour documentary on the supplement industry.  I have a personal policy in my practice that I will not review supplements until patients have seen the video.  If you are taking supplements - this one hour video is a "must watch"

Video link here

I am pleased to see some regulatory focus on this topic.  While there will be hucksters out there who claim it is all a conspiracy, I am hopeful that the level headed individuals out there will find this eye opening and alarming.  They also have a link to an article which offers good clues that any particular "anti-cancer" supplement is fraudulent.  Link here

Thanks for reading.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Research Plug!


Hey there everyone,

Hope is a super powerful medicine - for both patients and their doctors.  I am an advocate of clinical trials because in the 9 years I've been at WVCI - I've seen firsthand how research changes lives and the diseases we have been treating.  I've had the blessing to be involved with ibrutinib, idelalisib, obinutuzumab since the very beginning and many more drugs - some of which we will be routinely using soon.

My research group put together this video and it packs a punch in 3 minutes.  I hope you are all energized to go out there and talk to your providers about research options that might be right for you.

Thanks for watching