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Diagnosed with SMM, SPB, or MGUS?

Learn how you can stall the development of full-blown Multiple Myeloma with evidence-based nutritional and supplementation therapies.

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Diagnostic Testing for MGUS

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Whether you “watch and wait” or undergo non-toxic MGUS therapies, regular diagnostic testing is now a part of your life

You’ve been diagnosed with monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance (MGUS) and you are trying to wrap your brain around this diagnosis. It is an asymptomatic “blood disorder” yet it can become a full-blown diagnosis of an incurable blood cancer called multiple myeloma.

My experience as a long-term MM survivor is that the more you the patient, learn about your diagnosis,  the more in control you will become.

This may sound odd but from my perspective  you are in a kind of a cancer sweet spot. By this I mean that your diagnosis should motivate you to make an effort to remain PRE-MM. And you can be certain you are pre-MM or MGUS only through diagnostic testing your blood, marrow and bones.

MGUS at a glance-

Frankly, regular testing is a small price to pay considering the downside risks of your monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance becoming Multiple Myeloma. The diagnostic testing linked below will  explanation of some of the tests you will have short and/or long term.

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If you do not want to “watch and wait” to see if your pre-MM progresse to Multiple Myeloma scroll down the page, post a question or a comment and I will reply to you ASAP.

Consider monoclonal gammopathy of undetermined significance therapies such as:

  • non-toxic, cytotoxic/apoptotic supplements,
  • foods that starve MGUS/SMM and MM
  • evidence-based mind-body therapies,
  • detoxification therapies,
  • Non-conventional bone health therapies

David Emerson

  • MM Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Blood-

“MGUS is usually detected during blood tests for another condition, such as a certain nerve disorder (peripheral neuropathy). The blood tests can show abnormal proteins as well as unusual amounts of normal proteins. If your doctor detects monoclonal gammopathy, further testing may be recommended to determine which M protein your body is making and how much is being made…”

Serum Protein Electrophoresis 

“Serum protein electrophoresis (SPEP) is an easy, inexpensive method of separating proteins based on their net charge, size, and shape…”

Serum free light-chain measurement

Immunoglobulin light chains that are circulating in serum in a free (unbound) state are called free light chains (FLCs). Measurement of the serum level of FLCs became practical as a clinical blood test in recent decades..”

Imaging tests

“Multiple myeloma is the most common primary malignant neoplasm of the skeletal system. The disease is a malignancy of plasma cells. Clinical definitions of the various myeloma subtypes have been updated as have the imaging definitions of what constitutes bone marrow disease and individual bony involvement..”

Bone Marrow Biopsy

“Our findings suggest that reports on bone biopsies should include in addition to the number of plasma cells, the pattern of plasma cell infiltration and the presence or absence of multiple lymphoid nodules…”

 

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28 comments
Kristin says a couple of weeks ago

Hello. I’m looking for diet information as well. I’m newly diagnosed with MGUS. I’m 39 and healthy except for anemia iron deficiency. I’m looking to keep this away for a long time because I have 4 kids to life for. Any help is greatly appreciated. Gratefully -Kristin Dowty

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    David Emerson says a couple of weeks ago

    Hi Kristin-

    I sent you the MM CC nutrition guide via email.

    Good luck,

    David Emerson

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Ken says 6 months ago

MGUS for 1-1/2yrs, what are test result levels that indicate move from MGUS to smoldering Meyloma.

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    David Emerson says 6 months ago

    Hi Ken-

    Oncologists think about progression differently sometimes but in general the diagnostic tests that point to progression are

    Freelight Chain Kappa/Lambda ratio-
    M-spike
    Monoclonal proteins IN your bone marrow (the percentage)
    and CRAB symptoms

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    David Emerson

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Bruce says last year

Interested to know your diet. I’m simply on whole food, all natural and organic. No sugar, no processed foods (it’s always a struggle, though).

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    David Emerson says last year

    Hi Bruce-

    I sent the MM CC nutrition guide to you via email. If it isn’t in your in box please check your spam folder.

    David Emerson

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Norman says a couple of years ago

I have had mgus for four yrs now , what is the mgus food diet you have mentioned that helps .

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    David Emerson says a couple of years ago

    Hi Norman-

    I replied to you directly via email.

    David Emerson

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      Norman says last year

      Thank you David , been under the weather lately ,

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Rose Jamal says 6 years ago

Hi, my monoclonal peak identified as IgG Kappa 5.0 g/L. Rest of the tests are normal. Will Reservatrol help to not develop to MM? Need your advice.

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    David Emerson says 6 years ago

    Hi Rose-

    Just to make sure, when you say “monoclonal peak” you are referring to your monoclonal protein commonly referred to as your “m-spike?” If you have an m-spike of 5.0 and if you have no other symptoms (CRAB) aka bone, kidney, etc. then you are probably stage 1. Yes studies show that resveritrol is cytotoxic (kills) to MM. However my guess is that your oncologist will recommend that you begin induction therapy. Probably a triplet called RVd or revlimid, velcade and dexamethasone.

    If you intend to undergo induction therapy then you may achieve a longer, deeper remission by taking resveritrol in addition to other integrative MM therapies. You can enhance the efficacy of revlimid, velcade and dex. with other evidence-based non-toxic therapies by doing so. Probably reduce your risk of side effects as well.

    David Emerson

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