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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Blood clots can be a multiple myeloma side effect of chemo. In 2/94 I was diagnosed with an incurable blood cancer called multiple myeloma (MM). Three years of aggressive therapies. More toxicity than you can imagine. In and out of remission until finally, “there is nothing more that we can do for you…”
From my diagnosis of multiple myeloma in ’94 through those fateful words in ’97, I thought my health was only about my cancer. The fact is that most cancer survivors don’t die from cancer. Cancer survivors die from the problems caused by the cancer itself. Or we die from problems caused by chemotherapy and radiation. A blood clot can be caused by either the multiple myeloma (symptom) or by chemotherapy (MM side effect).
I am a long-term MM survivor and MM Coach. Learn about those conventional (FDA approved) and non-conventional therapies that can help you manage your MM and minimize collateral damage such as blood clots.
In April of 1995, shortly after I began chemotherapy (induction therapy), I developed a blood clot in my thigh. I developed another blood clot (in the other leg) about two years later.
I live an anti-MM, anti-blood clot lifestyle through nutrition, supplementation, bone health, and mind-body therapies. Everything I do is supported by research.
When I met with my doctor about my blood clot back in ’98, he told me that the standard-of-care for a blood clot was to take a blood thinner called warfarin/coumadin. He said I would have to take warfarin/coumadin for the rest of my life. I went to my PC, searched coumadin, learned of the serious long-term side effects of this drug. I chose not to take this warfarin.
After some research I decided that I could manage my blood clot without the possibility of the side effects from long-term warfarin/coumadin use. I began supplementing with Omega-3 Fatty Acids (fish oil), Nattokinase, systemic enzymes (Wobenzym N) and curcumin . Omega-3 Fatty Acids (fish oil), Wobenzym N and curcumin have documented anti-cancer properties as well.
My clots slowly shrank and disappeared over the next few years.
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“Cancer-associated thrombosis accounts for almost one-fifth of all cases of venous thromboembolism (VTE) and is a leading cause of death, morbidity, delays in care, and increased costs.”
“Hyperviscosity syndrome (HVS) is a combination of clinical signs and symptoms related to increased blood viscosity. It can result from abnormal plasma components such as paraproteins (seen in Waldenstrom’s macroglobulinemia [WM] and multiple myeloma [MM]) or immune complexes (systemic lupus erythematosis). HVS can also be secondary to increased cellular components due to leukemia or myeloproliferative disorders.
The classic triad of symptoms includes
“Venous blood clots (known as VTE: venous thromboembolism) are associated with immunomodulatory drug treatment (IMiD) combined with moderate-high steroid dosage.
“VTE is common in patients with multiple myeloma receiving IMiDs, and can cause disability, delay or complicate chemotherapy, and—in rare cases—be fatal.” –Dr. Ang Li, University of Washington
The study’s senior author Kristen M. Sanfilippo, MD, MPHS was “surprised [to find] that prophylactic anticoagulation, in any form, is under-utilized despite of its inclusion in the NCCN Guidelines for Cancer-Associated VTE for more than 10 years now…”
“PICC risks under-recognized-The name PICC stands for peripherally inserted central catheter. The IV device in the arm is a thin tube that is threaded through veins and ends near the heart. It can deliver chemotherapy, antibiotics or even liquid nutrition into the bloodstream, and makes it easy to take blood samples…”
“Purpose To provide current recommendations about the prophylaxis and treatment of venous thromboembolism (VTE) in patients with cancer…
Recommendations Most hospitalized patients with active cancer require thromboprophylaxis throughout hospitalization. Routine thromboprophylaxis is not recommended for patients with cancer in the outpatient setting. It may be considered for selected high-risk patients. Patients with multiple myeloma receiving antiangiogenesis agents with chemotherapy and/or dexamethasone should receive prophylaxis with either low–molecular weight heparin (LMWH) or low-dose aspirin”