Be Honest. Aren’t We All Wondering if Multiple Myeloma is Curable?
The first thing we need to do is agree on a definition of the word “cure.” Conventional oncology defines a cancer cure if the patient lives five years from diagnosis. I define a cancer cure as not dying of the cancer or health problems resulting from the cancer. Since I have lived well-beyond my diagnosis of multiple myeloma, conventional oncology considers me to be cured of my multiple myeloma.
I don’t consider myself cured of my myeloma. I will consider myself cured if I die of a different disease or of old age years from now.
Do myeloma patients have unrealistic expectations about their future? If they are told that a transplant is “curative” then yes, patients may develop the expectation that they will be cured of their multiple myeloma.
The article linked and excerpted below states that an autologous stem cell “transplant remains to be a curative and reliable strategy…” Yet according to the American Cancer Society, the average life expectancy for MM’s, based on your stage at diagnosis, is 3-5 years. To put it another way, the five-year survival rate for multiple myeloma is 47%.
If I hadn’t been young and “unrealistic” I probably would not have researched and undergone the non-conventional therapies that have kept me alive all these years. Despite the survival statistics I have lived in complete remission from my incurable cancer since 1999.
Whether you are debating treatment options, currently undergoing treatment and experiencing painful side effects, or trying to figure out how to stay in remission, I want to share what I’ve learned from 22 years of full remission from Multiple Myeloma.
Join me in just a few minutes for a FREE webinar where we will:
Identify the side effects– both short and long term– specific to your chemotherapy or radiation regimen.
Learn about what integrative therapies are and how you can use them to optimize the efficacy of your specific chemotherapy while healing short term and long term side effects.
Go over the 12 pillars of the Multiple Myeloma Cancer Coaching Program and how they can help you heal.
As a part of the webinar, you will receive two of the 12 cancer coaching guides for FREE as well.
I hope you’ll join me. This information is the culmination of 22 years of my personal journey to achieve and maintain full remission from Multiple Myeloma.
- MM Survivor
- MM Cancer Coach
- Director of PeopleBeatingCancer
“But even with the FDA approvals of new agents for multiple myeloma and select lymphomas, transplant remains to be a curative and reliable strategy…”