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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 Therapy- Intermittent Fasting, Short-term Fasting

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The results show that participants fasting during chemotherapy reported higher tolerance to chemotherapy, fewer chemotherapy-related side effects..”

PeopleBeatingCancer is dedicated to promoting both conventional (FDA approved) and evidence-based non-conventional therapies. While fasting in general seems to provide benefits to cancer patients, I cannot find evidence that fasting is a beneficial multiple myeloma therapy.

Being a MM survivor myself, my inclination is to research and write about multiple myeloma therapies, not general cancer therapies. Also keep in mind that I am nervous about any form of fasting. MM patients can have a difficult time consuming enough nutrition when undergoing toxic therapy.

Please be careful if you fast.

Let me be clear. According to the studies linked below, it appears that fasting may be an effective complementary, perhaps even an integrative therapy. Fasting may enhance the efficacy of FDA approved chemotherapy regimens.

My point is that I cannot find any studies specific to fasting as a multiple myeloma therapy. I can, however, find studies that cite nutrition as being an important multiple myeloma therapy. In my mind, intermittent fasting and nutrition, or balanced nutrition, go hand in hand when it comes to being a multiple myeloma therapy.

To learn more about fasting and diet/nutrition as one type of multiple myeloma therapy, scroll down the page, post a question or comment and will reply to you ASAP.

Thank you,

David Emerson

  • MM Survivor
  • MM Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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Intermittent fasting

Intermittent fasting, also known as intermittent energy restriction, is an umbrella term for various meal timing schedules that cycle between voluntary fasting (or reduced calories intake) and non-fasting over a given period.[1][2]…”

Can fasting help fight cancer?

“Fasting may help with cancer treatment. There is a growing body of evidence supporting the role of fasting in both cancer treatment and prevention.

Some research suggests that fasting helps fight cancer by lowering insulin resistance and levels of inflammation. Fasting may also reverse the effects of chronic conditions such as obesity and type 2 diabetes, which are both risk factors for cancer.

Also, researchers believe that fasting may make cancer cells more responsive to chemotherapywhile protecting other cells. Fasting may also boost the immune system to help fight cancer that is already present…

A 2018 study found that fasting can improve quality of life in people undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer or ovarian cancer. The study used a 60-hour fasting period starting 36 hours before the start of chemotherapy treatment.

The results show that participants fasting during chemotherapy reported higher tolerance to chemotherapy, fewer chemotherapy-related side effects, and higher energy levels when compared with those who did not fast…

Fasting refers to not eating at all or consuming very few calories for a certain amount of time. Fasting cycles can last anywhere from 12 hours to 3 weeks.

Short and prolonged fasting periods have promising results in cancer treatment and prevention, according to multiple studies. It is currently unclear which fasting schedule produces the best results, however..”

Autophagy and intermittent fasting: the connection for cancer therapy?

“…Although anticancer therapy has improved significantly, it still has limited efficacy for tumor eradication and is highly toxic to healthy cells. Thus, novel therapeutic strategies to improve chemotherapy, radiotherapy and targeted therapy are an important goal in cancer research…

Autophagy can suppress or promote tumors depending on the developmental stage and tumor type, and modulating autophagy for cancer treatment is an interesting therapeutic approach currently under intense investigation.

Nutritional restriction is a promising protocol to modulate autophagy and enhance the efficacy of anticancer therapies while protecting normal cells…

Keywords: Apoptosis, Autophagy, Fasting, Cancer, Therapy

Autophagy: definition and mechanisms

The 2016 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine was awarded to Yoshinori Ohsumi for his initial elucidation of the morphological and molecular mechanisms of autophagy in the 1990s 1,2. Autophagy is an evolutionarily conserved lysosomal catabolic process by which cells degrade and recycle intracellular endogenous (damaged organelles, misfolded or mutant proteins and macromolecules) and exogenous (viruses and bacteria) components to maintain cellular homeostasis 3,4

Autophagy occurs at basal levels under physiological conditions and can also be upregulated in response to stressful stimuli such as hypoxia, nutritional deprivation, DNA damage, and cytotoxic agents 11,12


Multiple Myeloma Diet- Nutritionally Balanced Is KEY!

“Eating a nutritionally balanced high-quality diet may lower a cancer patient’s risk of dying by as much as 65 percent, new research suggests.”

Patients diagnosed with difficult to treat cancers such as multiple myeloma (MM) must look beyond conventional therapy for treatment answers.  Consider the multiple myeloma diet that is not a “diet.”

The average five year survival rate for the newly diagnosed MM patiant is 49% according to the ACS.

Sometimes the simplest answer is the best answer. According to the research linked and excerpted below a nutritionally balanced MM diet gives cancer survivors a huge survival advantage.

Dieting is short-term. Suriving multiple myeloma is about the long-term. I’ve lived with MM, an incurable cancer since early 1994.

At this point my goals span from reducing my risk of treatment-related secondary cancers, reduce the effects of treatment-related side effects (chemobrain, chemo-induced peripheral neuropathy, chemo-induced heart damage, hemorrahagic cystitis) as much as reduce my risk of my original cancer relapsing.

My point is that MM patients have larger, longer term goals making a nutritionally balanced MM diet the priority.

After reading about the ketogenic diet,

 and others, I have come to a conclusion about both me and diets. I can’t diet.

Or to put it another way, following one specific “diet” would be too narrow for me and my health goals.  I have come to apply Occam’s Razor to what and how I eat. Occam’s Razor applied to the diet of cancer survivors is that sometimes the easiest answer is the right answer. Or the simplest diet is the best answer.

Don’t misuderstand me. Undergoing chemotherapy, radiation and/or steroids such as dexamethasone can be so debilitating that the MM patient should strive to consume nutrition in the best way he/she can. Small meals, smoothies, juicing, ice cream, anything.

When I listed ice cream above, I was thinking of a nutritional secret…sort of. For those MMers currently undergoing therapy who have having difficulty thinking about food at all, should consider “boost” mixed into ice cream. My point is that the ice cream may make the smoothie pallatible while the Boost makes the smoothie nutritious.


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Balanced Diet May Be Key to Cancer Survival

“Eating a nutritionally balanced high-quality diet may lower a cancer patient’s risk of dying by as much as 65 percent, new research suggests.

The finding that total diet, rather than specific nutritional components, can affect a cancer patient’s prognosis “was particularly surprising to us,” said the study’s lead author, Ashish Deshmukh.

Total diet, he explained, was one that appeared to be “balanced” and “nutrient-rich” with a wide variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, proteins and dairy…

To explore the impact of nutrition on cancer, the researchers sifted through data collected between 1988 and 1994 by the Third National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES III). Almost 34,000 people were included in the survey, which asked all participants to offer up a 24-hour diet diary.

The team then used the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) “Dietary Guidelines for Americans” as a yardstick for ranking the nutritional quality of the diets used by 1,200 people who had been diagnosed with cancer.

The USDA guidelines specify serving recommendations for fruits, vegetables, whole grains, proteins, dairy, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium.

In turn, all 1,200 patients were then tracked for an average of 17 years, with researchers verifying all subsequent deaths — up to 2011 — through the U.S. National Center for Health Statistics Linked Mortality Files.

By that point, half the cancer patients had died.

But the research team found that those who had consumed the most nutritious diets overall had a 65 percent lower risk for dying — either from cancer or any other cause — than those who had consumed the worse diets…

But the researchers noted that the overall strength of the protective benefit of eating well held up even after digging deeper to look at the specific risk of dying from certain types of cancer, including skin cancer and breast cancer.

“It is most critical that cancer survivors and their health care providers start talking about [a] balanced diet,” said Deshmukh. “It is also crucial that cancer survivors work with their dietitians to identify a balanced diet regimen, and then follow that regimen.

“There are no harms [from] healthful eating,” he added…”

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