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