Doctors' Roundtable in San Francisco, March 27th

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Doctors' Roundtable in San Francisco, March 27th

Postby cheerleader » Sun Mar 04, 2012 3:26 pm

Sponsored by CCSVI Alliance--
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Tuesday March 27, 2012 6:30 PM to 9:00 PM PDT
Marriott Marquis, Club Room
55 Fourth Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Come and hear leading medical and scientific professionals discuss current key questions and concerns related to Chronic Cerebrospinal Venous Insufficiency (CCSVI) and Multiple Sclerosis (MS), and possible links to other neurological diseases. Cooperation of the various medical disciplines is an important step in advancing the understanding of CCSVI. The multidisciplinary panel includes:

MODERATOR
Michael Dake, MD -- Thelma and Henry Doelger Professor (III), Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA

PANELISTS
Bulent Arslan, MD -- Director of Interventional Radiology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Jack Burks, MD -- Chief Medical Officer, Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA), Cherry Hill, NJ
Lindsay Machan, MD -- Radiologist, Vancouver Hospital & Health Sciences Centre, Vancouver British Colombia, Canada
Salvatore J.A. Sclafani, MD -- Interventional and Vascular Radiologist, American Access Care, Brooklyn, NY (corrected)
Daniel Simon, MD -- Interventional Radiologist, Vascular Access Centers (VAC), West Orange, NJ
Gary Siskin, MD -- Chair, Department of Radiology, Albany Medical Center / Community of Care Physicians, Albany, NY

The panel will also take written questions from the audience. This event is admission free and open to the public.


see you there-
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Re: Doctors' Roundtable at SIR/San Francisco

Postby Cece » Sun Mar 04, 2012 5:47 pm

Dr. Dake, Dr. Arslan, Dr. Burks, Dr. Machan, Dr. Sclafani, Dr. Simon, Dr. Siskin! A very nice line-up.

The thread on Dr. Burks' comments at ISNVD generated some discussion here. I wonder if there are any questions that we as a group would have for Dr. Burks. There is such strong rhetoric going on, on both sides. Liberation, cowboys, aliens, talking like a neuro...would the neurologist community be willing to tone down the rhetoric and discuss this scientifically and with respect for professional and multi-disciplinary colleagues? And the same with the SIR community? Another observation would be that the two different disciplines seem to be getting exposed to opposing information; generally speaking, the abstracts presented at SIR or ISNVD have positive findings regarding CCSVI and the abstracts at AAN or ECTRIMS have negative findings. Even the pulled abstract from Dr. Sinan's errant team member that would have been presented at AAN was negative. What is causing this discrepancy, and are journals and conferences reinforcing their pre-existing beliefs through the abstracts or research that is chosen? Would the neurologists be open to reading through a complete compilation of all CCSVI research that has been done to date, both positive and negative, and the vascular specialists be open to the same?

Wish I could be there!
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Re: Doctors' Roundtable at SIR/San Francisco

Postby cheerleader » Sun Mar 04, 2012 8:38 pm

Great questions, Cece!
I'll try to bring them up and get some answers for you and all of us.
Yes, toning down the rhetoric and working together, in a cooperative manner, would be appreciated by all of us on the sidelines.
ISNVD had alot of different specialities, all looking at the implications of venous abnormalities in neurovascular disease.
The positve/vascular and negative/neurologic findings are puzzling. Dr. Fox's team seems to be the lone group finding correlation and open to working with the vascular docs.
Wish you could be there, too! We'll have to meet at one of these conferences sometime....
thanks for the great input,
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Re: Doctors' Roundtable at SIR/San Francisco

Postby DougL » Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:25 am

Dr S in Buffalo???
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Re: Doctors' Roundtable at SIR/San Francisco

Postby cheerleader » Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:56 am

thanks for catching that typo, Doug--
will send to our admin. Should be Brooklyn--
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Re: Doctors' Roundtable at SIR/San Francisco

Postby Cece » Mon Mar 05, 2012 9:33 am

Salvatore J.A. Sclafani, MD -- Interventional and Vascular Radiologist, Fresenius Vascular Care, Buffalo, NY
Should be American Access Care, too. Fresenius??

Cheer, I am sure we will meet at one of these conferences someday! For anyone thinking about attending the doctors' roundtable, this is an opportunity to see the east coast doctors that aren't always at the west coast events.
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Simple Qs for Doctors' Roundtable at SIR

Postby MarkW » Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:24 am

Hello Cheer,
I hope you ask the simple questions that patients need to understand before paying for the therapy;
A simple series of questions on 'CCSVI syndrome' asks:
Who, When, What, How. The final 'why' is left until the first four are answered.

1 - WHO has CCSVI syndrome? - pwMS (all/many/most?) and which other diseases ?
2 - WHEN is CCSVI syndrome seen? at birth? at diagnosis? 5/10 years after MS diagnosis?
3 - WHAT is seen in CCSVI syndrome? stenosis of vein valves? webs/septums? restricted veins? veins involved?
4 - HOW is CCSVI syndrome seen? Screening test by? full diagnosis requires (tools+methods)?
When the above are fully answered then:
5 - WHY does CCSVI syndrome develop ? Not important for patients but sadly the focus for reseachers at ISNVD 2012 !
I cannot join you in person but could make a phone call to ask the quuestions in person, if that helps.

Congrats, a great panel who need to be challenged to answer questions on the 'patient's needs'. I am a realist and will accept the answer 'no one knows'. Such answers must be shared with patients, who must have realistic information to make their choice. It was a rational choice for me, so I have had the procedure twice.

This is the first series of questions on 'CCSVI syndrome'. Next series will be 'Treating CCSVI syndrome in pwMS'. THe same 'Who, When, What, How and Why' are repeated, probably in a different order.

Best wishes,
MarkW

cheerleader wrote:Sponsored by CCSVI Alliance--
The multidisciplinary panel includes:
MODERATOR
Michael Dake, MD -- Thelma and Henry Doelger Professor (III), Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Stanford University Medical Center, Stanford, CA
PANELISTS
Bulent Arslan, MD -- Director of Interventional Radiology, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL
Jack Burks, MD -- Chief Medical Officer, Multiple Sclerosis Association of America (MSAA), Cherry Hill, NJ
Lindsay Machan, MD -- Radiologist, Vancouver Hospital & Health Sciences Centre, Vancouver British Colombia, Canada
Salvatore J.A. Sclafani, MD -- Interventional and Vascular Radiologist, American Access Care, Brooklyn, NY (corrected)
Daniel Simon, MD -- Interventional Radiologist, Vascular Access Centers (VAC), West Orange, NJ
Gary Siskin, MD -- Chair, Department of Radiology, Albany Medical Center / Community of Care Physicians, Albany, NY
Mark Walker - Oxfordshire, England. Registered Pharmacist (UK). 11 years of study around MS.
Mark's CCSVI Report 7-Mar-11:
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/8359854/MS-experts-in-Britain-have-to-open-their-minds.html
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Re: Doctors' Roundtable in San Francisco, March 27th

Postby Cece » Wed Mar 14, 2012 7:51 am

https://www.facebook.com/pages/CCSVI-in ... 9105348790
Joining the discussion on CCSVI in MS on March 27th in San Francisco will be Dr. Douglas Goodin.

Dr. Douglas Goodin is director of the Multiple Sclerosis Center at UCSF Medical Center. He is a neurologist and an internationally renowned expert in the treatment and research of multiple sclerosis. Dr. Goodin has authored and co-authored many papers on clinical trials for the treatment of MS, including studies on the alternative treatments of marijuana and LDN. In addition to multiple sclerosis, Goodin's research interests include various forms of dementia. Goodin also is a professor of neurology at UCSF.

We are extremely pleased that Dr. Goodin has agreed to join the discussion as a panelist. This is the type of interdisciplinary dialogue CCSVI Alliance encourages. We look forward to seeing you there. Please share this information with people you know in the San Francisco Bay Area--

Great news! I am not sure how closed off to the discussion he will be, and he also won't have any direct experience in treating or researching CCSVI, but much experience treating MS from an autoimmune standpoint.
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Re: Doctors' Roundtable in San Francisco, March 27th

Postby cheerleader » Wed Mar 14, 2012 1:54 pm

I look at this as a postive step, Cece....just the fact that Dr. Goodin is willing to come to the table and listen and join the discussion is a plus. We need neurologists who are open to looking at the research and making suggestions. That has not been easy. Semmelweiss reflex has been tremendous. The first step is sitting down together. It's important to realize that ALL of Dr. Zamboni's treatment trial locations have vascular and neurological cooperation. This is essential. Dr. Goodin is familiar with Dr. Fox's study, and will most likely speak on that. Sadly, Dr. Fox had to cancel, and can't make this panel.

Mark--the CCSVI Alliance does not recommend patients self-pay or travel for treatment, but that they participate in local trials or registries through their insurer, whenever possible. We have a bit of a different situation in the US. I can also tell you, from speaking with these doctors and attending many conferences, that the answers to your questions are years away. I wish that were not true, and that we had more hard data, but these studies take years and the data is only beginning to come in. Dr. Zamboni's studies are ahead of the curve, since he's ten years ahead of the US researchers. The ISNVD is at the forefront, and their presentations in Orlando were research focused, as you well know. I had no idea, back in 2009, what an arduous and time-consuming task this would be. (Maybe that's a good thing....)

Jeff's coming with me and will introduce Dr. Dake and speak a bit....that's a first for him! He's feeling so good and wants to speak out. Three years since his treatment, now.
I'm looking forward to this roundtable.
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Re: Doctors' Roundtable in San Francisco, March 27th

Postby MrSuccess » Wed Mar 14, 2012 4:46 pm

another stepping stone in understanding CCSVI

I have a question that I hope some roundtable attendee can ask these experts.

Q: There have been significant reports of pwMS obtaining great benefit from having undergone CCSVI treatment. We have viewed the videos . We have read multiple first hand reports of ms function improvements . I have no reason to doubt nor question these fine CCSVI brave pioneers . Their story's are uplifting and give hope and encouragement to anyone suffering from MS ..... and possibly .... other medical conditions.

My question to these doctors is : Have you treated any pwMS that HAVE NOT been taking DMD's before, during , or after CCSVI treatment ? :?:

I want to eliminate DMD's as perhaps the reason for symptom improvements. :idea:

That's good science ... I think.


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Re: Doctors' Roundtable in San Francisco, March 27th

Postby Cece » Wed Mar 14, 2012 5:34 pm

Yes, definitely a positive. I was jumping ahead from the good news of his agreeing to participate to my assumption of what his attitude will be. And maybe it won't be that way.

Great to hear that Jeff will be involved! The two of you are an inspiration.

MrSuccess, it does seem like the use of DMDs during trials will be held up as a possible confounder. But CCSVI treatment is additional, not in place of DMDs, so I don't think they can require people to not be on DMDs for the trial. Of course I wouldn't think they could do sham procedures either! Anecdotally, I had given up Copaxone six months prior to my procedure and remain off of it, and I have had good symptom improvements that are continuing.

You would think the neurologists would be seeing patients coming back from CCSVI treatments with improvements, and should be seeing for themselves that this is working.
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Re: Doctors' Roundtable in San Francisco, March 27th

Postby MrSuccess » Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:34 pm

Hi Cece , one important thing to remember ..... Dr.Zamboni has never advised anyone to stop taking their DMD's after being treated for CCSVI. If I remember correctly , Mrs. Zamboni still takes her DMD's . I just want to make clear that I am not suggesting those fortunate enough to have had CCSVI treatment , stop taking their MS medications.

That's a choice left up to each and everyone. I would follow Dr.Zamboni's advice .

My curiosity is .... how effective CCSVI treatment is [ or is not ] when the procedure is performed on pwMS that have never used DMD's.

Based on the large volume of reported CCSVI treatments undertaken ...... there must be a subset of pwMS that this apply's to .....

I wonder what Neurologists label pwMS that refuse DMD's ?

And yes .... there should be numerous CCSVI treated pwMS available for the Neurologist's to examine and evaluate . Let's hope we can get some honest feedback from them. :!:


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Re: Doctors' Roundtable in San Francisco, March 27th

Postby Icechick » Fri Apr 27, 2012 10:42 am

In response to your question about not taking DMD's before during and after, even tho the doctors DO NOT recommend that you stop them, I did stop them 3 mos b4 treatment for the very reason that I didn't want my improvements (if any) to be attributed to the DMD's. I experienced miraculous improvements that only lasted 4-5 weeks. I know the improvements were due to blood flow, not DMD's. Unfortunately, due to a difficult jugular, we have not been able to maintain the improvements; however, I have NO DOUBT that blood flow is the key to my improvements, not DMD's
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Re: Doctors' Roundtable in San Francisco, March 27th

Postby David1949 » Fri Apr 27, 2012 11:08 am

Icechick may I ask a question? Were you taking blood thinners prior to and following the CCSVI procedure? If so, did you stop taking them around the time when your MS symptoms returned?

I agree with you that blood flow is the issue.
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