What I wish I knew about Multiple Myeloma treatments 25 years later...

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“…examined if acupuncture could help manage symptom burden of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT) in patients with multiple myeloma”

 Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT) is a powerful weapon for multiple myeloma patients and survivors. High-dose chemotherapy can kill multiple myeloma. But it also causes short, long-term and late stage side effects. According to the study linked below, acupuncture (ACU) can help.

I know because I live with long-term and late stage side effects from my own ASCT that I underwent in 12/95. My mantra is “I wish I knew then what I know now.”

Acupuncture is one of the complementary therapies that I wish I knew about before my induction chemo and ASCT. The article linked and excerpted below explains that acupuncture helps MMers reduce several short-term side effects from an ASCT.

I am both a MM survivor and MM cancer coach. If you are considering having an ASCT please consider watching the brief video below to learn about evidence-based therapies that can help prepare your body for the procedure:

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Thank you,

David Emerson

  • MM Survivor
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  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Acupuncture Reduces Symptom Burden in Patients With Multiple Myeloma

“ACU is a powerful resource that has been around for thousands of years. The traditional Chinese medicine is effective in treating chronic pain and headaches, and is now being used by many patients with cancer as a complementary therapy alongside medicinal treatment.

Researchers from Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) in New York City and MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, examined if ACU could help manage symptom burden of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HCT) in patients with multiple myeloma…

Medical teams currently rely on medication to manage these side effects, but patients on them still experience high symptom burden…

“Combining non-drug therapy with drug therapy for better symptom management is the future direction of cancer supportive care,” he said.

In the trial, patients underwent high-dose melphalan — a prescription chemotherapy drug used as a conditioning treatment prior to HCT — followed by autologous HCT, which is when the cells used in the transplant are the patient’s own.

Among the 60 patients participating, some received true ACU, while others received sham acupuncture, a research technique that removes the non-specific effects of ACU. This happened once a day for five days, starting the day after chemotherapy…

However, acupuncture was well tolerated among patients with few adverse events, noted the authors.

True ACU helped reduce nausea, lack of appetite and drowsiness at 15 days.

Among those who received sham ACU, they were more likely to increase pain medication use post-transplantation…”


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