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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, Side Effects- Exercise-

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The results statistically demonstrate a positive effect of exercise oncology during cancer care, in terms of reductions in overall cost per patient pre- to post-intervention…”

In my experience as a long-term MM survivor, exercise is both a complementary and integrative therapy. Let me explain.

According to the studies linked below, multiple myeloma side effects result from chemotherapy such as stem cell transplants as well as dexamethasone and, of course, the MM disease itself. Myeloma patients are faced with both symptoms of their cancer as well as side effects from the therapy for their cancer...

 

What’s a MM patient to do? What’s the solution? Two words.  “Exercise Oncology”

In short, exercise before, during and after active myeloma therapy helps the patient in two ways. First, the patient experiences less fatigue, higher quality of life and responds better to the chemo. Secondly, fewer side effects means fewer adverse events aka side effects from treatment.

Let me be clear. I’m not talking about serious exercise. I’m talking about low key moves like SWEATIN TO THE OLDIES

I’ve taken the study linked below and super-imposed my own research and experience as a long-term MM survivor. If you’re a newly diagnosed myeloma patient you are about to undergo, off and on based on relapses and remissions, years of chemotherapy and steroids (dexamethasone).  The three most common side effects of myeloma patients is 1) immune disfunction 2) bone damage and 3) nerve damage. Frequent, moderate exercise can prevent or reduce the seveerity of each one of those side effects. Even though chemobrain isn’t routinely added to the list of common side effects experienced by MMers, I’ve added it to the list below.

The problem faced by the newly diagnosed MMer is that oncology doesn’t really emphasize exercise. Exercise can be difficult for MMers going through chemotherapy and radiation. If you feel tired, nauseated and emotionally exhausted AND if your oncologist hasn’t really talked-up the importance of daily, moderate exercise, there is little chance of you including it in your daily routine.

My point in writing this post is to provide evidence-based proof that exercise can really, really help you feel better and save you money. Myeloma is an extremely expensive cancer. You will need real motivation to get you to even walk around the block daily if you are on your second, third or fouth round of your induction therapy.

Another reason for writing this post is that I am a long-term MM survivor who lives with many of the long-term adverse events that I list above. No one talked to me about the importance of frequent, moderate exercise when I was going through my own active therapy. If I could spare you any of the side effects of MM therapy I would in a heart beat. Now that I mention it, exercise reduces or eliminates the damaging effect of chemo on your heart…

To learn more about evidence-based but NON-conventional therapies for the newly diagnosed MMer, scroll down the page, post a question or comment and I will reply to you ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • Myeloma Survivor
  • Myeloma Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Exercise oncology research: past, present, and future.

“Data from published studies provides relatively strong evidence that exercise therapy is a well-tolerated and safe adjunct therapy that can mitigate several common treatment-related side effects among cancer patients across the PEACE framework. In addition, observational studies suggest that higher levels of exercise may be associated with improved prognosis in patients with solid tumors…”

Cost Savings Analysis of Individualized Exercise Oncology Programs

“Several meta-analyses report that exercise interventions are beneficial for patients undergoing cancer treatment, in that they reduce symptom severity4 and improve cancer-related fatigue,57 cardiac function,8muscle weakness,9 and overall quality of life.10

However, the focus of exercise oncology research has traditionally been on the efficacy of exercise programming.11 With cancer mortality rates on the decline,1 and patients living longer with the chronic and late effects of cancer treatment, economic evaluations of exercise oncology are warranted.

As such, the purpose of the present study was to investigate the cost-effectiveness of an individualized exercise program starting early after cancer diagnosis. We hypothesized that individualized exercise training during cancer treatment would lessen symptom severity and improve treatment outcome, leading to a decrease in health care–related expenditure. We recently reported the effects of individualized exercise training during cancer treatment on symptom severity,4 resulting in significant decreases in depression, fatigue, anxiety, and fear for the future, as well as corresponding improvements in quality of life.4..

Numerous published research articles demonstrate improved patient outcomes as a result of exercise during cancer recovery. Moderate physical activity exercise has a profound effect on energy levels5,12 and increases overall quality of life.10,13 Exercise has also been found to promote a healthy body weight,14,15decrease oxidative stress,16 and boost immunity.17 …

Namely, its influence on the inflammatory immune response18 leads to a reduction in cell differentiation and proliferation related to chemotherapy treatment.19 Moreover, exercise has a positive effect on metabolic, genetic, and neuroendocrine function,18 leading to lower levels of circulating sympathetic hormones, which are implicated in fatigue, depression, and pain.2022

Despite other investigations that have supported the efficacy of EX during cancer treatment, nationally <5% of patients are ever referred to a cancer rehabilitation program.26 A reported 88% of patients did not even receive education on the importance of exercise during treatment.27 Public funding and lack of resources has been identified as a significant barrier to national exercise oncology programs.27,28 Other known barriers include lack of general knowledge about the need to stay physically active during and after cancer therapy, qualified personnel,29 and available programs.27

Results: The resulting dataset consisted of 1493 total hospital encounters for 147 unique patients. The results statistically demonstrate a positive effect of EX oncology during cancer care, in terms of reductions in overall cost per patient pre- to post-intervention…”

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2 comments
Christine Pompeo says 3 years ago

I was diagnosed in Sept 2018. I have gone through an alternative therapy for my MM and so far it seems to be working. My lamda/kappa ratio went from a 45 to a 2.9 but my bone lesions are a constant issue. I have had radiation on some lesions and that helps. My question is what types of exercises would you recommend? And should I ask my oncologist to refer me to physical therapy? I think I may have broken my collarbone a couple weeks ago, so life is pretty limited. Alth7i do get outside as much as weather allows. Thanks for your time.

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    David Emerson says 3 years ago

    Hi Christine-

    I am sorry to read of your MM diagnosis though it sounds as though you are doing well. Re your bone issues- several things to consider.

    From your post, it sounds as though you would prefer to avoid conventional therapies. While I agree with you in general, local radiation can be a relatively easy way to allieviate bone lesions and the associated bone pain. The reason why I mention the importance of addressing bone lesions is because the therapies I will recommend to enhance bone health, such as weight bearing exercise, can cause further bone damage if the bone in question isn’t fully healed.

    I don’t mean to scare you when it comes to bone involvement and MM. I’m simply bringing the issue to your attention.

    Having said all the above, any exercise you to is a positive when it comes to managing MM- walking, swimming, etc. Research varies on what and when but my experience is not how much but how often. In other words I believe in doing something everyday. This can be difficult considering that I live in Cleveland, Ohio…

    To address specific issues, yes, have your oncologist recommend a physical therapist. There may be a PT who has worked with cancer patients previously who can give you specific exercises to work specific muscles.

    Healing your collarbone is a good example of what this idea. An experienced PT may be able to give you a routine to heal it much faster than it would otherwise.

    Let me know if you have any questions.

    Hang in there,

    David Emerson

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