Multiple Myeloma an incurable disease, but I have spent the last 25 years in remission using a blend of conventional oncology and evidence-based nutrition, supplementation, and lifestyle therapies from peer-reviewed studies that your oncologist probably hasn't told you about.
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The key to managing multiple myeloma (MM), especially if you are having an autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) is to think/act outside the box. Yoga during your ASCT is definately outside-the-box thinking/doing.
Let me take a step back. In 12/95, I spent 21 days in a hospital undergoing an autologous stem cell transplant. At any given time during the 21 days, I was feverish, bored, sleep-deprived, nauseous (off and on), in pain- the usual feelings that MM patients experience when having their ASCT
If you are going to have an ASCT, you will experience many, if not all of those same feelings. But what if you could minimize or even avoid these feelings?
According to the study linked below, patients who tried a yoga session:
Basically was helped all the way around, by practicing one 40 minute yoga session. Imagine what would have happened with a session daily?!.
And these were not experienced yogis. These were average, everyday people!
My point is that just watching T.V., sitting in bed, twittling your thumbs, is bad. Moving, walking, stretching, breathing deeply, all are good.
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“Inpatient treatment of hematological cancer (multiple myeloma) is among the most physically and mentally arduous cancer treatments, and it is associated with a number of common physical, emotional, and social symptoms that can negatively affect quality of life (QOL) for years following treatment. While treating symptoms during hospitalization holds promise for improving long-term QOL, successful approaches likely require multidisciplinary interventions…
Hospitalized patients receiving treatment for hematological cancer (N = 486) were provided a 40-minute individualized yoga therapy session…
Approximately 1.3 million people in the United States are currently diagnosed or are in remission from hematological cancers such as leukemia, lymphoma, and myeloma, and these cancers account for over 10% of new cancer diagnoses in the United States each year.1 Treatments for hematological cancers (chemotherapy, radiotherapy, and/or bone marrow or autologous stem cell transplantation) often involve a lengthy hospitalization and a plethora of common side effects that are sometimes as detrimental to patients’ quality of life (QOL) as the cancer itself. The most common include physical (fatigue, pain, sleep disturbance), psychological (anxiety, depression), and social (loneliness, negative self-image, loss of control, and privacy) sequelae.2…
Yoga may be a safe and effective approach to reducing side effects during treatment. One of the most frequently used integrative therapies,23 yoga is highly adaptable to patient experience and context. As it is practiced in North America, yoga usually combines physical postures and movements (asanas) with breathing exercises (pranayamas) and meditation.24 Yoga practices are well tolerated25,26 and have been shown to be effective for improving sleep,27 peripheral muscular strength,28 and QOL,29 and for reducing fatigue,30 pain,31 nausea,32 and inflammatory signaling33 in cancer survivors, and it is recommended as adjunctive support during autologous stem cell transplant.34…
This program enhancement study indicates that integration of yoga therapy into our clinical practice is both feasible and acceptable for patients. There was widespread participation in the intervention across race, gender, age, morbidity, and treatment regime, and patients reported immediate improvements in all symptoms, with the greatest improvement in fatigue and nervousness…”