Recently Diagnosed or Relapsed? Stop Looking For a Miracle Cure, and Use Evidence-Based Therapies To Enhance Your Treatment and Prolong Your Remission
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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How Long Can a Person Live with Multiple Myeloma? Statistically, 5-7 years with an average five year survival of 54%. I say statistics are… limiting…if you understand these guidelines below.
How Long Can a Person Live with Multiple Myeloma? The answer to that question depends on at least five main factors-
1) if you’re working with a multiple myeloma specialist,
2) your age and general health,
3) your stage at diagnosis- I,II,III,
4) your conventional therapy plan
5) you understand complementary, non-conventional therapies-
Let me begin by saying that statistics are used when newly diagnosed MM patients ask “how long have I got, doctor?” All newly diagnosed MM patients ask this question. Unfortunately, there is no single answer.
Oncology must rely on statistical averages for the answer…
The battery of tests that you take when you are first diagnosed with MM, blood, urine, imaging studies, all will point to specific symptoms that you may need to cope with for the rest of your life. Meaning, your myeloma may be the kind that is throwing off free light chains which are tiny proteins that can gum up your kidneys.
Kidney damage is a common symptom among NDMM patients. A symptom that can affect your therapy plan. Your kidney function can alter your choice of chemotherapy regimens dramatically.
Just being here, just learning about MM indicates that you are the type of patient who wants to be active in the understanding of his/her MM. Studies indicate that involved MM patients live longer.
Further, evidence-based complimentary and integrative therapies, while not FDA approved, can both enhance your quality of life as a mm patient and can also enhance the efficacy of your conventional MM therapies.
Numerous studies confirm the benefit of “prehabilitation” before you undergo chemotherapy or an autologous stem cell transplant. Let’s be clear. Chemotherapy is hard on your body. Eating nutritiously, exercising frequently but moderately, supplementing, before, during and after conventional therapies can help you live a better, longer life as a MM patient.
“Myeloma is considered to be a rare, complex, and historically believed to be an incurable cancer. This web site provided a listing of survival rates of Multiple Myeloma Specialists. You will find you are between 1.9 and 5.7 times more likely to die in 5 years at the average SEER facility(Statistics developed by the National Cancer Institute) than if under the care of one of these exceptional myeloma professionals or under the care of a doctor considered to be a myeloma specialist…”
“One of the fundamental understandings of multiple myeloma is that the younger patients do have a better life expectancy than the older patients. This has been thought to be because the younger patients have stronger immune systems to begin with, and do not have the co-morbities (other illnesses) that come with age. In addition, they are generally more able to take the trauma of chemotherapy and transplant. It is common knowledge, but I have not been able to find the data anywhere that quantifies the difference. That is until recently…”
“Survival rates tell you what percentage of people with the same type and stage of cancer are still alive a certain amount of time (usually 5 years) after they were diagnosed. They can’t tell you how long you will live, but they may help give you a better understanding about how likely it is that your treatment will be successful. Some people will want to know the survival rates for their cancer, and some people won’t…
The numbers below are the approximate median survival using the Revised International Staging System of just over 3,000 myeloma patients treated between 2005 and 2012. These survival times are measured from the point that treatment, such as chemotherapy, first started. Since 2000 the percent of patients living five years after diagnosis has been increasing. Treatment since then has improved considerably and modern survival results are likely to be better.
“Multiple Myeloma Patients and Survivors Must use the Best of Both Conventional (FDA approved) and Evidence-based Non-Conventional Therapies.
You’ve been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma (MM). Your oncologist has recommended one or more in the long and growing list of conventional cancer therapies (FDA approved) that may include
It is my belief and personal experience however, that MM patients must also incorporate the best of complementary and integrative myeloma therapies in their therapy plan…
First, let me give some basic definitions:
Conventional or tradition cancer therapies are what your oncologist will prescribe. FDA approved therapies.
Complementary therapies are those therapies that complement or work with your conventional therapies. See the link below but examples of complementary therapy for MM are supplementation (curcumin, omega-3, resveratrol, etc.), exercise, whole body hyperthermia, others).
I have learnt lot from reading this. My smouldering MM is just reaching chemo stage so this gas been informative..Reply