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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You’ve been diagnosed with incurable cancer. You’re trying to manage your emotions and perhaps the emotions of those closest to you. Going to a hematologist/oncologist seems like the best thing to do, right? Studies show that hematologists/oncologists who specialize in multiple myeloma provide much better overall survival statistics than non-specialists.
While the “Great Eight” MM specialists listed in the link above are extremely knowledgeable about MM and can surely provide you with above average MM care, the article linked and excerpted below may be more applicable to your situation.
In short, the article below estimates that the average hospital sees 6.1 myeloma patients annually. The “high volume” facilities treat 50 or more myeloma patients annually.
When I was first diagnosed in ’94 I was treated by a general oncologist, a surgeon, a radiation oncologist and finally an oncologist specializing in autologous stem cell transplants. But no multiple myeloma specialist.
The list of FDA approved chemotherapies for multiple myeloma is long and growing. It is in your best interest to know the newest regimens, possible side effects in addition to evidence-based, non-toxic MM therapies.
It never occurred to me that there might be multiple myeloma specialists that might offer a different therapy or therapies. The therapies prescribed for me provided only brief remission. I cannot tell you if finding a different oncologist with different training might have made a difference. But I wish that I had gotten a different kind of second opinion.
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“Treatment at higher-volume facilities may result in a lower risk for death in patients with multiple myeloma, according to a study published in Journal of Clinical Oncology…
Hematologist/oncologists are estimated to see an average of only two new and six established patients with multiple myeloma each year…
The researchers identified a median annual facility volume of 6.1 patients per year; only 18 facilities treated 50 or more new patients annually…”
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America’s 50 Best Hospitals are the top 1% of hospitals in the nation for providing overall clinical excellence across a broad spectrum of conditions and procedures consistently for a minimum of seven consecutive years.
America’s 100 Best Hospitals are the top 2% of hospitals in the nation for exhibiting clinical excellence for at least four consecutive years.
“Some hospitals are more expert than others in caring for patients with life-threatening or rare conditions. And people facing such health challenges need every bit of help they can get. That’s why U.S. News & World Report has published annual rankings of the nation’s Best Hospitals for the last quarter-century….”