Multiple Myeloma Overall Survival Statistics

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Multiple Myeloma Overall 5-Year Survival Statistics are confusing at best. Misleading at worst.

I was diagnosed in 1994 and was told I was end-stage in 1997. By 1999, I reached full remission by undergoing a non-toxic, alternative cancer therapy. I followed up by living an evidence-based, non-toxic, anti-MM regimen through nutrition, supplementation, bone health, lifestyle and mind-body therapies.
My point is that you can’t always believe the official statistics of the American Cancer Society, which give people with MM 3–5 years, depending on your stage at diagnosis. As my high school statistics teacher used to tell me, “there are lies, damn lies and statistics.
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Your challenge is to figure out how to beat the odds based on your unique circumstances:

  1. How does age affect overall myeloma survival?
  2. How does the genetic variation of your MM effect your survival?
  3. How does the underreporting of MM deaths affect your survival?

Whether you’re 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 of full remission from Multiple Myeloma.

Click here to watch a FREE 25 minute webinar about Multiple Myeloma.

I give a FREE webinar that covers everything from side effects to the benefits of integrative therapies. You’ll even get two FREE cancer-coaching guides just for attending! I hope you’ll join me and start using this important information in your own healing.

David Emerson

  • MM Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

P.S. Have you been diagnosed with MM? What stage? Any symptoms? Scroll to the bottom of the page and post a question or a comment. I will reply to you ASAP.


David Emerson is a 23 year Multiple Myeloma survivor. He started as a non-profit in 2004 to help cancer survivors and caregivers navigate the vast world of cancer issues by providing evidence-based information on the most pressing cancer issues. Since 2004, David has impacted over 600,000 people through this website. He is in the process of developing cancer-specific coaching program, and also does one-on-one coaching via phone or email. Thank you for visiting!

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6 comments on “Multiple Myeloma Overall Survival Statistics
  1. Hello David,

    I just watched your Webinar and was very impressed and thankful to you for the work you have been doing and are still doing. I am considering purchasing one of your packages. My problem is that I do so much research and look for posts for my blog now that I am trying to save some time for some of the things that I enjoyed doing before I was diagnosed.

    Please have a look at my blog: and let me know if it is ok if I post some of your material, particularly relating to matters of special interest to the elderly patients of Myeloma. Thank you.

    • David says:

      Hi Richard-

      I am sorry to learn of your MM diagnosis but you are turning a sow’s ear into a silk purse with your FB page. Yes, feel free to post any of my MM blog posts on your FB page. The mission of PBC is to demystify cancer. Education is key.

      Good luck-

      David Emerson

  2. Mike says:

    Did you undergo a stem cell transplant? Did or are you on maintenance therapy?

    • David says:

      Hi Mike-

      I underwent an autologous stem cell transplant in 12/95. I achieved remission soon after and relapsed later that year. I have not had conventional chemo since then. I consider the evidence-based, non-toxic therapies I undergo daily, weekly to be my maintenance therapy.

      David Emerson

  3. Nesa Whitehead says:

    Hi David my sister was diagnosed with MM last week. How can I get In touch with you?

    • David says:

      Hi Nesa-
      I’m sorry to read of your sister’s MM diagnosis. Keep in mind that while MM is considered to be incurable by conventional oncology this blood cancer is very treatable with a long and growing list of both conventional (FDA approved) and evidence-based, non-conventional treatments.

      I am both a MM survivor and MM cancer coach. What would you like to discuss?

      David Emerson

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