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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Bisphosphonates- Zoledronic Acid (Zometa, Zomera, Aclasta and Reclast) is effective in reducing multiple myeloma bone damage aka skeletal-related events (SRE) such as fractures, spinal cord compression, and surgery or radiation to the bone.
To a multiple myeloma patient like me, maintaining bone health is almost the same thing as managing my blood cancer. According to Journal of Bone and Mineral Research, “Approximately 80% of multiple myeloma patients experience a pathological fracture over the course of their disease and 90% will have bone lesions.”
That is an x-ray of what my neck looks like today. MM ate my C5 so Dr. Emory screwed a plate to both my C4 and C6. I then underwent bisphosphonate therapy.
The Bone Health Guide is one of the 16 guides in the PeopleBeatingCancer Multiple Myeloma Cancer Coaching Program. The Bone Health guide identifies 11 different evidence-based, non-toxic therapies that enhance bone health. I do 10 follow 10 of these therapies weekly.
The point made clear in the studies linked and excerpted below is that zoledronic acid is toxic and can cause collateral damage in the form of osteonecrosis of the jaw and/or renal dysfunction. Also, like all toxic therapies bisphosphonates may cause a number of short-term side effects that each patient should be aware of.
The study discussed below shows that 12 weeks dosing of bisphophonates is just as effective as 4 week dosing yet causes half of the side effects ONJ and renal dysfunction. Twenty plus years living with multiple myeloma has taught me to minimize toxicity whenever possible.
I am a long-term MM survivor and MM cancer coach. I agree that moderate bisphosphonate therapy is necessary for MMers.
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“Catherine H. Van Poznak, MD, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Ann Arbor, showed that after 3 years, the cumulative incidence of ONJ in all cancer patients was 2.8%.
However, the risk was higher in patients with multiple myeloma. For those patients, the cumulative incidence was 4.3%, or 1 in 40 patients, during a 3-year period...
More frequent dosing of zoledronic acid (every 3–4 weeks) was associated with an almost fivefold increased risk for ONJ.
The risk was highest for patients who wore dentures, particularly removable dentures, for patients who had previously undergone dental surgery, and for current smokers…
The results indicated an overall 2-year incidence rate of ONJ of 1.7%, or 0.9% for bisphosphonate users, and 2.7% for patients given denosumab (multiple brands)…”
“Patients who have metastatic breast and prostate cancers and multiple myeloma are at risk of skeletal-related events (SRE)…
Zoledronic acid is a bisphosphonate that is FDA approved to treat bone metastases. It reduces SREs when given every 3 to 4 weeks, but an optimal dosing interval has not been determined….
Current interest in bisphosphonates for reducing and delaying SREs focuses on maximizing the benefit and minimizing the risk of these agents…
The study enrolled 1,822 patients, with 911 patients receiving zoledronic acid every 4 weeks, and 911 patients receiving the drug every 12 weeks…
In both study arms, 47% of the patients had breast cancer, 38% had prostate cancer, and 15% had multiple myeloma…”
Comparing the two arms:
The only difference between the two arms resulted in side effects:
The side effects ONJ and renal dysfunction were twice as severe when bisphophonate were given every 4 weeks compared to given every 12 weeks.