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 Oncologist- 5 Rules

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Working with an oncologist that you trust is Important. Your challenge is that all oncologists have pros and cons, strengths and weaknesses.

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The role of oncologist in the life of a newly diagnosed multiple myeloma (MM) patient is important. From the time he/she delivers the news, “you have a cancer,” to explaining therapies, side effects, diagnostics, and more, you must rely on your oncologist for accurate, fair, honest information about your health. You must know what to expect, know what not to expect and who else to have on your MM team.

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Your oncologist may use words and phrases that are confusing:

  • Very good partial remission,
  • partial remission,
  • complete remission,
  • stringent complete response

Chemo Triplets are more effective than Doublets as induction therapy... Dose reduction reduces toxicity and may prevent side effects…Progression-free survival versus Overall survival

Knowledge is Power, especially with multiple myeloma, a treatable but incurable blood cancer.

Here are my five rules of managing your MM oncologist:

  1. Find a MM specialist. You will live longer, on average, if you work with someone who specializes in MM.
  2. Don’t ask the eternal question “How long have I got?” MM is an incurable blood cancer. All MM oncologists can do is cite averages.
  3. Don’t rush into an autologous stem cell transplant. Now or later, there is no proven benefit to timing.
  4. Evidence-based, non-conventional therapies make a difference in managing multiple myeloma. Lifestyle, nutrition, supplementation, and more.
  5. Lastly, it’s your body, your life. You are in charge. Ask questions. Get answers.

I like to tell people that I have seen the good, the bad and the ugly of multiple myeloma. I am a long-term myeloma survivor and myeloma cancer coach. 

Do you like your oncologist? Do you have any questions about your last appointment, your diagnosis, your therapy plan? Please scroll down to the bottom of the page, post a question or a comment and I will reply to you ASAP.

Hang in there,

David Emerson

  • Multiple Myeloma Survivor,
  • MM Cancer Coach,
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Delivering bad news to patients

“Delivering bad news is one of the most daunting tasks faced by physicians. For many, their first experience involves patients they have known only a few hours. Additionally, they are called upon to deliver the news with little planning or training (1). Given the critical nature of bad news, that is, “any news that drastically and negatively alters the patient’s view of her or his future” (2), this is hardly a recipe for success…”

How Long Have I Got Left?

“What patients seek is not scientific knowledge doctors hide, but existential authenticity each must find on her own. Getting too deep into statistics is like trying to quench a thirst with salty water. The angst of facing mortality has no remedy in probability…”

Should Doctors Care About Cost?

There are a growing number of oncs who understand the cost of cancer care- find one!

“This debate is past due. Some physicians insist that medical professionalism means a focus on patient outcomes without considerations of cost. But oncologists have been reminded that the potential for “financial toxicity” exists in all our clinical decisions.

Patients are not served by adding expense for the expectation of little clinical benefit. In addition, high costs cause treatment non-adherence, worsening outcomes.”

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