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.

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.

David Emerson

  • MM Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director of PeopleBeatingCancer

Stem Cell Transplant Continues as Main Curative Therapy for Myeloma 

“But even with the FDA approvals of new agents for multiple myeloma and select lymphomas, transplant remains to be a curative and reliable strategy…”

About

David Emerson is a 23 year Multiple Myeloma survivor. He started PeopleBeatingCancer.org 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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2 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

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