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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When I received a multiple myeloma diagnosis in ’94, I had never heard of multiple myeloma (MM). This is no surprise because multiple myeloma is approximately 1.8% of annual cancer diagnoses in the U.S.
The challenge all newly diagnosed MM patients face is understanding their diagnosis in order to make the best decisions they can for them in the days, weeks, months and and years to come.
The newly diagnosed MM patient faces big questions (cure vs. control?) and small questions (MM specialists?)- knowing the big and small information about MM is important to you. Scroll to the bottom of the page to read 6 key MM questions and answers.
Your oncologist has probably told you that myeloma is incurable but very treatable. You may be wondering what “very treatable” means. Yes, there is a long and growing list of FDA approved chemotherapy regimens for MM. It is important to know that induction chemotherapy cocktails such as RVD (revlimid, velcade, dexamethasone) will put you into remission.
But if you want to know about the evidence-based, non-toxic, anti-MM therapies that have kept me in complete remission from my MM since 1999, read on.
Multiple myeloma, also known as plasma cell myeloma, is a cancer of plasma cells, a type of white blood cell normally responsible for producing antibodies. Initially, there are often no symptoms. When advanced, bone pain, bleeding, frequent infections, and anemia may occur.
According to the American Cancer Society the average MM survival is 5-7 years depending on stage at diagnosis. The standard of care for newly diagnosed MMers is induction chemotherapy, an autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) and low-dose maintenance therapy.
Multiple Myeloma patients and survivors usually don’t die from their cancer. They die from health problems caused by their cancer such as bone damage and/or from the toxicity caused by chemotherapy and radiation.
The solution? Take an integrative approach to managing your multiple myeloma. Enhance the efficacy of chemotherapy and while you reduce the toxicity.
What have I learned about MM over the past 20+ years? Myeloma is about two things:
1) symptoms (bone damage, anemia, kidney function, etc.)
2) side effects from toxic chemotherapy.
Whether you are debating treatment options, currently undergoing treatment and experiencing painful side effects, or trying to figure out how to stay in remission, evidence-based therapies are the key.
Please don’t hesitate to reach out via the comments section below if you have a question. I’m here, and I’d like to help.
The more I learn about my cancer, multiple myeloma (MM), the more I feel in control. I guess I am never fully in control of an incurable blood cancer but I feel I have some control anyway. The key to understanding a multiple myeloma diagnosis is asking the right questions.
In fact, when I wrote an ebook about MM I titled it Beating Myeloma- If I Knew Then What I Know Now. I wasn’t trying to be clever with that title. I made more bad decisions that good ones in my first years as a MM patient. I know it’s Monday morning quarterbacking but I do think I would have made MUCH better decisions if I knew then what I know now.
It is not an exaggeration to say that I am lucky to be alive.