Can You Cure Your Multiple Myeloma?

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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.

If you would like to learn more about evidence-based therapies for Multiple Myeloma, click the button below to sign up for a FREE 25 minute webinar:

If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, let me say this loud and clear:

It is critical that you become an active participant in your care. Learn everything you can.

I am alive today largely because I took the time to find out everything I could about Multiple Myeloma and sought out the full spectrum of evidence-based MM therapies both conventional (FDA approved) and non-conventional.

Please watch the video below to learn more about the evidence-based, integrative therapies to combat treatment side effects and enhance your chemotherapy.

Please click on the link below to receive the Free Introductory Guide of my Multiple Myeloma Cancer Coaching Program. There is a coupon code at the end of the video to receive $100 off of the Multiple Myeloma Cancer Coaching Package, and you can scroll down the page to select which package suits your needs.

Your decision-making begins by learning about the full spectrum of evidence-based myeloma therapies, both conventional and non-conventional.  Here are some questions you may have right now:

  • Do Multiple Myeloma specialists know more about MM than regular oncologists? Yes.
  • What side effects should I expect from my induction chemotherapy? Prevention is key.
  • What do I do if I don’t reach complete remission? Don’t panic.
  • What therapies can I use that my oncologist won’t tell me about? Triplets are superior to doublets.
  • Does it matter if I wait to have an autologous stem cell transplant- No. Studies show there is no survival advantage either earlier or later. 

I am both a MM survivor and MM cancer coach. All of these questions are answered in detail in the Multiple Myeloma Cancer Coaching Program. Both the Basic and Premium packages include all 14 guides, plus membership in the Closed Facebook Group, “Beating Myeloma,” a private forum that I moderate for questions and answers among fellow Multiple Myeloma Cancer Coaching members. I hope this information will help you make the best and most informed decisions for your care. It is the information I wish that I had when I was first diagnosed.

Click here to access the Free Multiple Myeloma Introductory Guide

Click here to access the complete Multiple Myeloma Cancer Coaching Package.

I wish you all the best on your Multiple Myeloma journey.

Hang in there.  If you have a question, scroll to the bottom of this page to leave a comment, and I will reply ASAP.
David Emerson
  • MM Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director 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…”

David Emerson is a 23 year Multiple Myeloma survivor. He started as a non-profit in 2004 to help cancer survivors and caregivers navigate the vast world of cancer issues by providing evidence-based information on the most pressing cancer issues. Since 2004, David has impacted over 600,000 people through this website. He is in the process of developing cancer-specific coaching program, and also does one-on-one coaching via phone or email. Thank you for visiting!

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9 comments on “Can You Cure Your Multiple Myeloma?
  1. Richard says:

    My girlfriend was diagnosed recently, she is 23, I am desperate for information I do not want to loose her.

    • David says:

      Hi Richard-

      I am sorry to read of your girlfriend’s MM diagnosis. While a cancer diagnosis at such a young age is difficult please assure your girlfriend that MM has a long and growing list of both conventional (FDA approved) and non-conventional therapies. I have a little insight into a MM diagnosis at a young age as my own diagnosis was at 34. Ironically our young age is an asset with MM. All survival statistics are based on the average age of MMs which is 65-67.

      I don’t mean to sound nosey but I need a bit more info to get a handle on your girlfriend’s situation. What was her stage at diagnosis (!,2 or 3)? Do you know any of her blood specifics such as her m-spike, albumin, etc?

      Is she experiencing any symptoms such as bone pain, anemia (tiredness) or kidney damage? Is she considering undergoing chemotherapy as induction therapy or as an autologous stem cell transplant? I don’t mean to jump ahead but I recommend holding off on chemo or radiation right now only because this treatment may affect her ability to bear children.

      All therapies have pro’s and cons. My role as a MM survivor and MM cancer coach is to convey your therapy choices and their pros and cons in a completely unbiased manner.

      Let me know. Hang in there.

      David Emerson

  2. Sheila Feser says:

    My husband was told today he probably has multiple myeloma. We are to meet with an oncologist next week. He is 57, experiencing bone pain, and lost his L4 vertebra to a tumor. Looking for information on where to start the healing process.

    • David says:

      Hi Sheila-

      I am sorry to read of your husband’s health situation. Several things. Depending on his stage I encourage you and your husband to consider both conventional (FDA approved) and evidence-based non-conventional therapies. The evidence-based non-conventional therapies that I do as a long-term MMer myself is a spectrum of nutrition, supplements, bone health, lifestyle and mind-body therapies.

      Please contact me once your husband is staged.

      Thank you,

      David Emerson

      • Sheila Feser says:

        They didn’t tell us a stage. We started Chemo on the 22nd. He takes zometa for hypercalcemia once a month. Once a week cyclophosphamide – 500 mg pills and bortezomib subcutaneous. Dexamethazone 40 mg 4 days on 4 off

        • David says:

          Hi Sheila-

          Based on what you are saying about his symptoms (bone damage, hypercal.) my guess is that your husband is stage 3. Cyclophosphamide, bortezomib and dexamethasone are a common and effective induction therapy to stabilize his MM in preparation for an autologous stem cell transplant.

          My experience and research is to combine those conventional therapies that you are already doing with evidence-based non-conventional MM therapies. I will email the integrative therapies guide to your email address. Integrative therapies will enhance his chemo while reducing side effects.

          I will also include a link to the free webinar about the MM Cancer Coaching program.

          Let me know if you have any questions.

          David Emerson

  3. Skye says:

    Hi David. I was diagnosed last year at the age of 43. I’ve now been through the whole gammet, including an auto stem cell transplant. It’s been 10 months since my transplant, what a horrible experience. They tell me I’m in remission, had a ” good response”, I’m now medication free apart from monthly IV Zometa. Every month I take a blood test and see my Dr to be told all is well. But how do I stop this thing coming back I ask them?! It could be 1 year, 3 or 10 I’m told. I have young children I’m hoping they are adults when it comes back. I wish I could find info on how to stop it returning.

    • David says:

      Hi Skye-
      I am sorry to read of your MM diagnosis. Keep in mind however that the single most important prognostic factor for all MMers is age at diagnosis. At 43, you are young. No guarantees of course but this is good.

      Now, on to more detailed info. Bone health. Bisphosphonates are the class of therapies that are FDA approved to harden bones. Zometa is a bisphosphonate therapy. The risk of side effects for this therapy is quite low. Keep taking Zometa and continue to take blood tests.

      Regarding your MM. Do you know if you were diagnosed with any genetic abnormalities? Chromosome deletions? This may affect your prognosis.

      Regarding your induction therapy (chemo before your ASCT) do you know where your MM was and do you know where you ended up before your ASCT? If you don’t know your monoclonal protein or m-spike, for instance, no problem.

      Has you oncologist talked about “low-dose maintenance therapy?” We can discuss this if you would like to know more.

      Conventionally speaking (FDA therapies) there is nothing for you to do to increase the length/depth of your remission. However I believe my own 18 year remission is due to evidence-based, non-toxic therapies such as nutrition, supplementation, bone health and lifestyle therapies. Therapies that I take, do, follow, etc. daily, weekly, etc. All based on research. Not FDA approved, but based on research.

      The bottom line Skye, is that I believe you have good reason to experience a long remission (s) by combining the best of both conventional and evidence-based, non-conventional therapies. I am both a long-term MMer and MM cancer coach.

      Please watch the free webinar posted on the right hand side of the blog post “Can You Cure…” and let me know if you have any questions.

      Hang in there,

      David Emerson

      • Skye says:

        Thanks David, I need to find out about the chromosome, genetic question you asked. I do know that I had complete response to treatment before the ASCT, I was not wanting to go through with the ASCT but was persuaded otherwise. I can easily access all my test results so I’ll get onto it. :). Thank you.

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