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Multiple Myeloma patients try to juggle the damage caused by MM with the damage caused by toxicity. Your numbers (MM) can increase (slightly) while still not damaging any organs

Dear David- I was originally diagnosed with multiple myeloma, IgG Kappa, in November of 2013. I underwent RVd (Revlimid, Velcade, Dexamethasone) induction therapy followed by autologous stem cell transplant in April of 2014.

I responded well to my induction therapy and reached complete remission and my ASCT also went well. My monoclonal protein (M-spike) is and has been 0 since my ASCT. I am currently on low-dose maintenance Revlimid ( I take 5 mg Rev. 21/28 days). I feel good and am doing well.

Here is my concern. My kappa number just last month went from 17-19 up to 20.5. Curcumin seems to bring it down. Lately, my gamma number has risen, but nothing is out of normal range.

I eat whey protein to supplement, raw spinach, avocado oil, walnut oil, flaxseed oil with lignin, V8, and try to do some exercise. What else would you advise?

I had no bone lesions and had a very quick response to Revlimid, Velcade,  dexamethasone and Zometa. What is the best brand of curcumin? Thanks for any advice

Great to read that your ASCT went well and that you feel good. Several things. I will cut and paste your comments in order to address each…

“I take 5 mg, Revlimid.Studies have shown that low-dose maintenance Revlimid does produce longer remissions (Progression-free survival) and may or may not increase overall survival.

“1-6 capsule (up to 2.5 g of curcumin a day.” Numerous studies document both curcumin’s anti-MM activity as well as it’s synergy with Revlimid.

“Went from 17-19 up to 20.5.” An increase of 1.5-3.5 is pretty small- I believe it is important to see a trend of any increase rather than a single test.

“Lately my gamma number has risen, but nothing is out of normal range.” Good.

” I eat whey protein…” Your nutrition, supplementation, lifestyle, etc. all good.

“I had no bone lesions and I had a very quick response to Revlimid, Velcade, dexamethasone, and Zometa. Nearly got rid of MM in first 3 months, successful CR. No relapse. Monoclonal detection = 0.” All positive prognostic indicators. Meaning you are doing well and your future looks pretty good.

“What else would you advise?” Make sure that your brand of curcumin is a formula that is bioavailable. I take Life Extension SuperBio Curcumin. But Meriva, Dr. Best, and others have been shown to be much more absorbable than conventional curcumin.

Keep in mind that even if your numbers increase (slightly) you are a long way from a full relapse. In other words, we MMs try to juggle the damage caused by MM with the damage caused by toxicity. Your numbers (MM) can increase (slightly) while still not damaging any organs.

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David Emerson says 4 years ago

Hi Owen- I don’t know much about Solgar Curcumin. I go by this google “best of” article-



Owen says 4 years ago

What abouut Solgar Curcummin ? It’s supposed to be 185% greater Bioavailability

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