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Multiple Myeloma- Diagnosis and Staging

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The diagnosis of cancer can be devastating. A diagnosis of incurable cancer can be beyond devastating. If you have been told that you have multiple myeloma (MM), an incurable blood cancer, your challenge is to keep your wits about you so that you can determine the stage of your MM.

Illustration of multiple myeloma plasma cellsWhy? Your age, physical condition, stage, symptoms, genetic abnormalities, etc. can mean that your prognosis is anywhere from 3 years to 23 years.  Your stage of MM can be determined by tests such as a Serum Protein Electrophoresis (SPEP), bone marrow biopsy (BMB), or imaging studies such as x-rays, CT scans or MRI scans.

I’m telling all this not to confuse you but to explain the importance of staging to YOU, the newly diagnosed MMer.

I am both a long-term MM survivor and MM cancer coach. I need to understand your stage at diagnosis, symptoms, and goals in order to help you figure out your therapies, both conventional (FDA approved ) or non-conventional. Understanding your MM will help figure out how MM cancer coaching can help you manage your cancer.  Here is what I can offer:

  1. Listing of the most successful MM specialists and hospitals
  2. Dozens of foods that starve MM (anti-MM) foods
  3. More than 15 integrative therapies that synergize with five common MM chemotherapy regimens,
  4. Over a dozen evidence-based mind-body therapies,
  5. Detoxification therapies,
  6. Both conventional and non-conventional bone health therapies
  7. Review and links to more than 20 online MM support groups.

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

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Thanks and hang in there,

David Emerson

  • MM Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Diagnosing multiple myeloma from test results

A diagnosis of multiple myeloma requires either:

  • High blood calcium level
  • Poor kidney function
  • Low red blood cell counts (anemia)
  • Holes in bones from tumor growth found on imaging studies
  • An abnormal area in the bones or bone marrow on an MRI scan
  • Increase in one type of light chains in the blood so that one type is 100 times more common than the other


2. 60% or more plasma cells in the bone marrow

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