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Multiple Myeloma Radiation Side Effect

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“Any tissue within the radiation field can experience (side effect) radiation fibrosis including nerves, muscles, blood vessels, bones, tendons, ligaments, heart or lungs.”

Not every multiple myeloma (MM) patient who undergoes radiation therapy will experience the side effect called radiation fibrosis syndrome (RFS). But as Dr. Stubblefield concludes, “RFS is a common complication of radiation for certain types of cancer. Multiple myeloma (MM) is certainly one of those cancers.

The important thing for anyone who will undergo radiation therapy or who already has undergone radiation therapy is that there are evidence-based therapies that can prevent, heal or slow the collateral damage caused by radiation therapy.

I underwent radiation to my iliac crest (hip bone) on two different occasions for the treatment of multiple myeloma lesions. I underwent radiation to my fifth cervical vertebra shortly after I was first diagnosed.

Radiation to the different tissues, different parts of my body,  caused different side effects. Radiation to my iliac crest and sacrum caused extensive nerve damage to my lower body. Radiation to my neck caused dysphagia and xerostomia aka dry mouth.

In order to reduce or eliminate the radiation fibrosis that I now live with, I could have

I wish I knew then what I know now.

I’ve always found it ironic that of all my conventional MM therapies, it was local radiation that did the most for me- meaning, I was experiencing severe bone pain and tingling, underwent 2-3 weeks of radiation and presto-change-o, no more bone pain or nerve tingling.

Of course there was real damage to my muscle tissue at the time but I didn’t know it. Ignorance is bliss?

Let me say it again, I wish I knew then what I know now.

For information regarding therapies for myeloma patients who undergo radiation or who are considering radiation, please scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.

Thank you

David Emerson

  • Multiple Myeloma Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Radiation Fibrosis Syndrome: What It Is and How to Treat It – 

“Unfortunately, normal cells are often affected by radiation in a variety of ways, especially over time. One of these changes is the abnormal production of the protein, fibrin, which accumulates in and damages the radiated tissue. This process is known as radiation fibrosis (RF)

Any tissue within the radiation field can be affected including nerves, muscles, blood vessels, bones, tendons, ligaments, heart or lungs. The clinical manifestations (i.e., signs and symptoms) that result from RF are called radiation fibrosis syndrome (RFS). RF can occur a few weeks or months after radiation treatment and continues for the duration of a cancer survivor’s life…

The clinical complications of RFS vary greatly from patient to patient and depend upon a number of factors. These factors include the type and dose of radiation given, how the radiation was delivered (i.e., how many treatment sessions), and perhaps most importantly, the radiation field…

Radiation issues tend to worsen over time; the more time that has elapsed since treatment, the more likely a patient is to develop RFS…

It is impossible to cover all the potential complications resulting from radiation in a short article since literally every organ system in the body can be affected. If a large area of the body is affected, as in the case of HL survivors, then very significant side effects can result. The two most ominous late-term effects faced by many HL survivors treated with mantle and other types of radiation are a greatly elevated risk of secondary cancers and cardiac disease. Multiple cancers are seen including thyroid, breast and lung cancers as well as sarcomas. Cardiac disease not only includes accelerated atherosclerosis, but valvular heart disease, pericardial disease, cardiomyopathy, and arrhythmias. Close monitoring is recommended to help identify and manage problems early…

Physical therapy is highly individualized to the patient and involves normalizing body balance by stretching tight structures, strengthening weakened muscles, and retraining the body’s sensory organs to re-establish coordination…

RFS is a common complication of radiation for certain types of cancer. While there is no cure, there are treatments that can improve the function and quality of life for most patients….”

Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for the treatment of the late effects of radiotherapy

“There is a risk of serious complications developing after radiation treatment (radiotherapy) for cancer (late radiation tissue injury (LRTI)). These problems can be very difficult to resolve and there is some doubt as to the best approaches to treatment. Hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) involves breathing oxygen in a specially designed chamber. It is used as a treatment to improve oxygen supply to damaged tissue (cells within the body) and support healing…

Authors’ conclusions: 

These small trials suggest that for people with LRTI affecting tissues of the head, neck, anus and rectum, HBOT is associated with improved outcome. HBOT also appears to reduce the chance of ORN following tooth extraction in an irradiated field. There was no such evidence of any important clinical effect on neurological tissues. The application of HBOT to selected participants and tissues may be justified.

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