Recently Diagnosed or Relapsed? Stop Looking For a Miracle Cure, and Use Evidence-Based Therapies To Enhance Your Treatment and Prolong Your Remission

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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Multiple Myeloma Diagnosis- Key Questions

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Multiple Myeloma Diagnosis- Myeloma Specialist? Induction Therapy- MRD, sCR, CR, VGPR, PR, R? ASCT now or later? Maintenance Therapy? Non-toxic MM therapies?

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.

As a MM survivor and MM coach, I’ve been asked many questions about MM over the years. I designed the Multiple Myeloma Cancer Coaching program to help MMers by providing both information, education and actionable therapies.

Please watch the video below to learn more about the evidence-based, integrative therapies to combat treatment side effects and enhance your 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, I want to share what I’ve learned from 22 years in complete remission from Multiple Myeloma. Below are some of the most important questions you may be asking with some answers.

David Emerson

  • MM Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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  1. Does it matter if I have a myeloma specialist or a general oncologist to help me manage my MM? Studies document the fact that newly diagnosed myeloma patients live, on average, much longer if they work with a MM specialist. If they have an ASCT, their overall survival or length of life, on average, will be longer when receiving treatment from cancer hospital that performs many ASCT’s annually.
  2. I’ve had several rounds of induction chemotherapy. Does it matter if I have not reached complete remission?   S. Vincent Rajkumar, M.D., myeloma specialist at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota authored a brilliant article on that very question. 
  3. Should I have an autologous stem cell transplant (ASCT) or not? There is no one size fits all answer to that question according to Dr. Rajkumar. “Stem cell transplantation is one of several available treatment options and the decision to undergo the procedure should be based on the specific needs of the patient.”
  4. If I decide to have an ASCT, does it matter if I have one immediately following induction therapy or can I wait? Again, it depends on the needs of the patient. To quote an article on the question “there is still no clear answer whether stem cell transplantation is best done soon after diagnosis or whether it can be delayed without impacting outcomes…”
  5. Do antioxidants hurt or help before, during or after chemotherapy? This is both a controversial topic and a topic that is near and dear to my own MM experience. I have remained in complete remission since 1999 and supplement with numerous evidence-based, anti-MM antioxidants. Further, there are many studies that confirm that cancer patients live better, longer lives by supplementing with antioxidants. 
  6. I don’t want to undergo much if any chemotherapy for my MM. Are there evidence-based, non-toxic, anti-MM therapies?  Yes. As I mentioned above, I have remained in complete remission from my MM since ’99 by living an evidence-based, non-toxic, anti-MM lifestyle through nutrition, supplementation, bone health, lifestyle and mind-body therapies. Again, all supported by research.


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