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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Once you’ve been diagnosed with multiple myeloma, you may feel pressure to begin your therapy immediately. Your challenge will be multiple myeloma side effects. Please believe me when I say that learning about, anticipating and possibly preventing MM side effects is critical to your MM survival.
Hopefully, you’ve gotten a second opinion — and an important but often overlooked step of this decision-making process is an evaluation of potential side-effects from the treatments you are considering.
Conventional cancer therapies such as surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation can cause collateral damage aka side effects. Some side-effects may be short-term and temporary such as hair loss and nausea. Some side-effects may be long-term. And some side effects can be late-stage and occur years after your treatment ends. I suffer from chemotherapy-induced heart damage causing atrial fibrillation (chronic A-Fib). My afib began in the fall of 2010, 16 years after I had the induction chemo and autologous stem cell transplant that caused this late stage side effect!
The key for cancer survivors is to use knowledge of your therapies and try to identify short, long-term and late-stage side effects and then find supportive protocols to try to reduce or eliminate these side effects.
As the saying goes, “experience is the best teacher” I have learned a lot about short, long-term and late-stage side effects from my surgery, induction chemotherapy, radiation, and autologous stem cell transplant.
Learn about evidence-based, non-toxic therapies to reduce the risk of short, long-term and late-stage side effects.
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Hang in there,
“The most common side effects of multiple myeloma treatment include:
There are ways to treat them.
“We want patients to be able to stick to their routines to the extent that they’re able to,” says Sagar Lonial, MD, chief medical officer at the Winship CancerInstitute of Emory University.
Talk with your medical team about side effects before treatment begins. Avoid a Googling expedition. Ask your doctors which side effects you’re most likely to have. Also ask when they’ll probably happen and what can be done to ease them or keep them from happening at all.
“People get scared of the side effects before they’ve even had the drugs,” says Parameswaran Hari, MD, director of the Adult Blood and Marrow Transplant Program at the Medical College of Wisconsin. “I give patients only a list of common side effects and say, ‘You can expect them, but we can relieve them. There are rare side effects, too, so whatever you [have], call me.’”
Line up caregiving and emotional support. Because multiple myeloma gets worse over time, your needs probably will change. It’s important to find caregivers who can change with you..
Keep track of side effects — during and after treatment. Side effects, no matter when they happen, are an important part of your care, even if they seem insignificant at the time…
Communicate with your medical team. It doesn’t have to be your doctor.
“The team that’s caring for you can help you deal with some of the issues or concerns and provide reassurance,” Lonial says. “Everybody on your medical team has an area where they’re very good, and sometimes the non-physician can spend more time with you than the physician can…”
Pick an advocate. When Dickey was first diagnosed, his parents moved in with him to provide emotional support and help him make decisions about treatment…”