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A cancer diagnosis is difficult. A diagnosis of incurable cancer called multiple myeloma is terrifying. Trying to learn about your cancer myeloma diagnosis, prognosis, therapies, potential side effects, caregiver support and more, is a huge challenge. MM Cancer Coaching can help.
Conventional or traditional cancer therapy is expensive and fraught with side effects. According to the American Cancer Society Multiple Myeloma is an incurable blood cancer with an average five-year survival rate of 49%. Your oncologist probably told you that myeloma diagnosis is incurable but very treatable.
Your first challenge then, after trying to wrap your head around your myeloma diagnosis, is to understand the long and growing list of FDA approved chemotherapy regimens for the treatment of multiple myeloma.
Triplet versus doublet induction therapy, stem-cell harvesting, autologous stem cell transplants, the pros, and cons…it can be overwhelming.
The rise of e-patients has given cancer patients, survivors, and caregivers the ability to learn, make better decisions and take control of their health.
PeopleBeatingCancer is an online cancer community fortified by evidence-based research and moderation. I can apply my 20+ years as a cancer patient and survivor and 10 years as a cancer coach to your needs.
Keep in mind that “In cancer alone, 150,000 studies are published annually.” Please don’t expect your oncologist to keep up on the world of cancer care beyond his or her specialty.
Whether you want a different kind of “second opinion,” you are newly diagnosed, have just finished induction-therapy, have just come out of remission, or you want to learn about palliative or hospice care, you may want to talk to a long-term cancer survivor who has been researching cancer issues since 1997.
“Results–The overall contribution of curative and adjuvant cytotoxic chemotherapy to 5-year survival in adults was estimated to be 2.3% in Australia and 2.1% in the USA.
Conclusion-As the 5-year relative survival rate for cancer in Australia is now over 60%, it is clear that cytotoxic chemotherapy only makes a minor contribution to cancer survival.”
“WHEN Kathleen Henry’s uncle was told he had bladder cancer in May, she knew she needed help. Even though Ms. Henry has a nursing degree, she worried about deciphering treatment options and picking the best hospital for her uncle’s care.”
“For the paper, the researchers analyzed data from three prior studies related to diagnosis and follow-up visits. One of the studies examined the rates of misdiagnosis
in primary care settings, while two of the studies looked at the rates of colorectal and lung cancer screenings and subsequent diagnoses…”
Here are five of the most important issues for cancer patients and caregivers to identify and understand.