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Can Multiple Myeloma Survivors Drink Red Wine???

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Resveratrol inhibited proliferation of Multiple Myeloma cells in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Incubation of MM cells with resveratrol resulted in apoptotic cell death.”

I am both a long-term myeloma survivor and myeloma cancer coach.   I am being only a little tongue-in-cheek when I say that red wine is good for multiple myeloma survivors.  If you follow the news, you know that studies have been published saying:

  1. any amount of alcohol is bad
  2. a little red wine (one glass a day) is okay for you
  3. one glass of red wine daily helps you live longer, on average…

I live with nerve, heart and brain damage sustained from aggressive conventional therapies that I underwent from 3/94-10/96. I live with the prospect that my myeloma could relapse, that I could develop a secondary, treatment-related cancer or develop additional late stage side effects.

Resveratrol may prevent heart disease, may lower blood pressure and my stave off Alzheimer’s disease. 

My point in telling you all this is to explain that living with an incurable blood cancer isn’t easy. So if a myeloma survivor needs glass of wine to help him/her relax, I say go for it.

I’m also saying that mind-body health is just as important as physical health. At least in my experience.

To be more specific-While a cancer patient is undergoing chemotherapy and/or radiation, do not consume any alcohol. Once a cancer patient completes active therapy, returns to full health (or as normal as one can be after active cancer therapy), then no more than one glass of wine daily. At least that’s what I do..

To me, the anti-MM nutrition, supplementation, detox, etc. comes after active therapy. So if you are following the PBC MM CC program then yes, a little wine is what I do.


  • Anti-angiogenic nutrition
  • Anti-angiogenic supplementation
  • Whole-body hyperthermia
  • Complementary therapies

Have you been diagnosed with multiple myeloma? Please scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • MM Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Resveratrol as a novel agent for treatment of multiple myeloma with matrix metalloproteinase inhibitory activity.

“ResultsResveratrol inhibited proliferation of MM cells in a dose- and time-dependent manner. Incubation of MM cells with resveratrol resulted in apoptotic cell death. Resveratrol down-regulated the expression of the antiapoptotic proteins Bcl-2, Bcl-x(L) and XIAP and up-regulated the expression of the proapoptotic protein Bax. Furthermore, resveratrol inhibited invasion of RPMI 8226, U266, and KM3 cells with IC50 values of 64+/-8 micromol/L, 93+/-11 micromol/L, and 153+/-11 micromol/L, respectively. Resveratrol inhibited the constitutive expression of MMP-2 and -9 proteins of MM cells and suppressed its gelatinolytic activity.

CONCLUSION: Resveratrol inhibits the proliferation of MM cells by inducing apoptotic cell death. Resveratrol also inhibits MM cell invasion. The inhibition of invasion may be associated with the attenuation of the enzymatic activities of MMP-2 and -9.”

Drink to Your Health (in Moderation), the Science Says

“Synthesizing all this, there seems to be a sizable amount of evidence that moderate alcohol consumption is associated with decreased rates of cardiovascular disease, diabetes and death. It also seems to be associated with increased rates, perhaps to a lesser extent, of some cancers, especially breast cancer, as well as some other diseases or conditions. The gains from improved cardiovascular disease deaths seem to outweigh all of the losses in other diseases combined. The most recent report of the U.S.D.A. Scientific Advisory Panel agrees with that assessment.

But alcohol isn’t harmless. Many people with certain diseases or disorders, and women who are pregnant, need to avoid it. Others who can’t keep their consumption to acceptable levels need to abstain. Alcohol is very harmful when abused, so much so that it’s difficult for me to tell people to start drinking for their health. That’s rarely the conclusion of any studies about alcohol, no matter how positive the results. Nor is it the advice any doctors I know give.

However, the evidence does seem to say that moderate consumption is safe, and that it may even be healthy for many people. If you’re enjoying some drinks this holiday season, it’s nice to know that they may be doing more than just bringing you cheer.”

Alcohol consumption and risk of multiple myeloma in the NIH-AARP Diet and Health Study

“In conclusion, the findings of this prospective study—one of the largest of its kind—support a protective effect of alcohol consumption in MM development. Prospective studies with information on long-term alcohol use may help to further elu- cidate how the timing and amount of alcohol consumption may influence MM risk. Mechanistic studies are also war- ranted to better understand the potential underlying biological mechanisms, which may help to identify novel molecular tar- gets or therapeutic approaches.”

Leave a Comment:

Pam Boullineau says a couple of years ago

Hi I’m smouldering at the moment. I got diagnosed in feb 2020. I would like to know what I could take. I am taking blackseed capsules. Curcumin. Vitamin d and c. I got no bone involvement.

    David Emerson says a couple of years ago

    Hi Pam- I replied to you directly via your email- David

Adrian Cox says 3 years ago

Hi David.

Noting age of this article I do hope this message finds you well?

I’ve just turned 50 and was diagnosed with MM just a year ago.

I’m now recovering from a tandem stem cell end of 2020 following 5 cycles of velcade, Dex and thalidomide .. oh and dose of COVID last March.. that was scary… thankfully I’m a fit guy!

I’m now waiting to start on Lenalidomide the maintenance drug. As somebody with a higher risk MM this is seen as the best option for a longer remission.

Not having consumed any alcohol last year I was allowed a glass of champagne at Christmas and have taken comfort from your article! . I would previously enjoy the occasional glass of fine wine or rum and will again. I have recently been surprised by the academic papers, primarily US, with positive associations between moderate alcohol intake and reduced MM risk.

I’m very lucky to have Dr Matthew Jenner as my consultant, a world leader in Myeloma and cancer treatment, based at the University Hospital Southampton. Like any good doctor he suggests being very conservative with alcohol consumption.

All the best.


    David Emerson says 3 years ago

    Hi Adrian,

    I agree with Dr. Jenner about moderate alcohol consumption. My reason for writing the post was to say that resveratrol in red wine is a positive and we MM survivors, living with and incurable cancer, must relax on occasion.

    Good luck,

    David Emerson

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Muralikrishnan says 4 years ago

1. Diagnosed MM in : November 2017.
2. Treatment : Started in Dec2017.
The suggested treatment was 6 cycles of Chemotherapy and there after Bone Marrow Transplant (Autologous BMT). Each cycle of 28 days of chemotherapy includes Lenalidomide 25mg for 21 days and 7 days off (28 days), Bortezomib 2mg & Dexamethasone 40mg ,both, once in a week for 4 weeks (28 days)., and Zoldronic acid 4mg, once in a month. With the treatment of Steroid, Now I am diabetic.
3. After 6 Chemo cycles, the report was suggestive of CR.

It was planned to undergo Autologous Bone Marrow Transplantation (PBSCT), at RCC Thiruvavanthapuram. But delayed due to excess rush at RCC.
Hence, Bortezomib 2mg & Dexamethasone 40mg (both, once in a week) and Zoldronic acid 4mg, (once in a month) are continued …..
4. In Dec 2018, the report was suggestive of VGPR.
5. In April 2019, I was admitted for HDCT and PBSCT. GCSF was given for 5 days. Two sessions of aphaeresis were also done with stem cell yield of 3.8×106/ kg. But bleeding was started from catheter sites. The HDCT and PBSCT were abandoned. Further investigation was suggestive of Factor-VIII and vWF deficiency (mild disorder). I have never faced such bleeding disorder till then. No such cases were reported in my family also.
6. After that, Bortezomib 2mg & Dexamethasone 40mg (both, once in a week) and Zoldronic acid 4mg, (once in a month) are continuing.
7. The latest report as on 14/9/2019 is also suggestive of VGPR.
8. Factor-VIII and vWF again tested on 11/10/2019. It shows that Factor-VIII is now changed into moderate disorder.

Is it advisable to take red wine? What quantity is beneficial. I was taking one or two peg of Smrinnoff once in a month or so. Is it advisable to take?

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Moira Taylor says 7 years ago

I am so pleased to have stumbled onto your website. Looking forward to your newsletter, for which I have signed up.
The pain and woes associated with FM are getting to me … Flare Up’s becoming more aggresive and regular. I am however concerned that I may well have something more sinister lurking … ie MM. Thank you for your contribution …

    David Emerson says 7 years ago

    Hi Moira-

    Thank you for signing up for our newsletter. I am sorry to read of your pain and woes. To confirm “FM” stands for fibromyalgia? But you are concerned that your pain may be caused by multiple myeloma? If I am correct you should see an oncologist to ask him or her to run blood tests.

    Hang in there

    David Emerson

Joan Zambetti says 7 years ago

I am on a regimen of Venetoclax, Velcade and 20mg Dex. I take 800 mg Venetoclax (8 pills) each night. My numbers have miraculously come back into normal range, m-spike .02, IGG 700, still working on raising Platelet count from critical 10 to 71 and incredibly
My severe hip pain is gone and my back pain better. WBC 8, RBC 4.
I have blurry vision and a bit of neuropathy by Saturday after Dex and Velcade on Thursday’s.
Any suggestions? I do want to sign up for your coaching and pay of course.
Thank you. Joan

    David Emerson says 7 years ago

    Hi Joan-

    I am going to reply to you via your email address.


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