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Upon diagnosis of MM, I underwent induction, and an ASCT reaching end-stage in 9/97. The therapy that took me from end-stage myeloma to complete remission was a controversial alternative therapy- see link below. Too soon for your friend to consider ANP at this stage.
Every trial I have read over the past five years, testing therapy for pre-myeloma patients (MGUS, SMM) shows that treatment will postpone a diagnosis of MM but will cause side effects and not translate to a longer overall survival aka length of life. Research shows that the most significant impact your friend can have on her SMM, MM is to pre-habilitate now for as long as possible.
Research shows that mm patients do better with help from caregivers :-).
Hang in there,
Hi, I found this mat: https://www.biomat.com/usage/personal/ It is far infrared. According to the site it is FDA approved so we might be able to get insurance to pay for it. Have you had any success based on MM? I think it meets the criteria of heating the body up long enough to kill MM cells.Reply
I have no experience with biomass either for MM treatment or any other form of treatment. Sorry I can’t be more helpful.
In the recent study you link to, evidence shows myeloma cell death at a temp as low as 102,2, but that is over 4 hours. Short of having a fever I would think raising the core body temp in a sauna would take quite a high temp and long length of time, sweating is our way to cool the core. I am not questioning the value of a routine sauna, I am just trying to figure out temp/time parameters. Do you have a source/chart that estimates the temp of the sauna and how it may relate to body temp over time?Reply
There is no chart of the type that you ask about in any of the studies I’ve read about whole body hyperthermia and MM. I’ve read questions from MM patients asking about Finnish sauna, infrared sauna, a body blanket, temperatures, etc. Like most every other evidence-based complementary therapy that I know of, there are lots of variables. It can be frustrating if you are a MM patient.
All I can offer is my practice of a 20 min. sauna, approx. 4 times a week at 180 degrees Fahrenheit.
A second type of mechanism is seen with cytostatic drugs which exhibit greatly increased effectiveness at temperatures above 42 degrees C; adriamycin and bleomycin belong to this type.Reply
Cryotherapy can be used several different ways. Which way are you asking about?
Not sure how you define “best.” The studies I have read about detoxification do not distinguish between types of sauna. Many people these days can install an infrared sauna in their home- so that’s pretty nice…
Not knowing where “locally” is I will talk about sauna’s around where I live in Cleveland, Ohio. My town has all the below and I’m sure you can find many more options in bigger, swankier cities. Small towns, maybe not.
1) Clubs- from fancy places like golf, tennis, etc. clubs. Also clubs like Life Time Fitness, LA Fitness, local or national chains. I belong to a local Life Time Fitness, the national chain, and love it. I pay $80 per mo.
2) Hotels- many hotels offer memberships for their workout facilities (gym, sauna, etc.) for local members. Prices and facilities vary.
3) Home saunas- Infrared heat- one person, two person, etc. I placed a link to a well-reviewed home sauna in the blog post below-
Let me know if you have any questions.
can the swet be analysed to determine what kind of chemical I was exposed to?Reply
That is a good question that I do not know the answer to. Have you been diagnosed with MM?
Does infrared sauna help decrease the chance of Smoldering Myeloma developing into Multiple Myeloma? Is near-infrared or far-infrared better for this purpose, or combo? Asking because a loved one was just diagnosed with Smoldering Myeloma. Thanks!Reply
I am sorry to learn of your loved one’s SMM diagnosis. Several things to consider. The article excerpted and linked below is from the N.I.H. website gives an overall explanation of hyperthermia as a cancer therapy. The explanation does not discuss far vs. near infrared therapy. Further, while I’ve blogged about WBH on PeopleBeatingCancer several times as a myeloma survivor, I have never found a study or article that speaks about WBH directly to blood cancers in general or pre-MM/MM specifically.
Therefore my experience below is just that. My experience. To answer your question, yes, I think whole body hyperthermia from a sauna, either far or near infrared sauna, decreases the risk of Smoldering Myeloma from developing into Multiple Myeloma. My reasoning is outlined below.
1) I consider WBH an integral part of my MM therapies. My definition of WBH is to raise my internal body temperature to about 102 degrees fahrenheit. I do this by sitting in a sauna at approx. 175 degrees for approximately 35-45 mins.
2) The majority of studies I’ve read about WBH talk about this therapy as an ajunct therapy to either radiation or chemotherapy. Because I am in CR from my MM I am not undergoing chemo or radiation and therefore consider my nutrition/supplementation regimen to be non-toxic chemotherapy.
All to say I supplement with curcumin, resveritrol, green tea extract, etc. before I go take my sauna and research confirms that these anti-oxidant, anti-angiogenic supplements are in my blood stream while I am increasing my internal body temperature.
Keep in mind that sweating detoxes heavy metals, lowers blood pressure and reduces the risk of dementia.
Hyperthermia in Cancer TreatmentHyperthermia in Cancer
“Whole-body hyperthermia is used to treat metastatic cancer that has spread throughout the body. This can be accomplished by several techniques that raise the body temperature to 107-108°F, including the use of thermal chambers (similar to large incubators) or hot water blankets…”Reply
I assume you are asking if far infrared sauna interferes with Velcade in any way. According to research, hyperthermia enhances chemotherapy. Heat makes chemo work better.
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Hello Dave, A friend has been monitoring her SMM for more than 5 years. Her numbers starting going up recently and her MD is recommending enrolling in a Phase 3 trial for isatuximab in combination with the standard lenalidomide and dexamethasone. Would you mind mentioning which type of chemo you did? Would you consider the chemo & radiation helpful in buying you time? Thanks in advance for any info you could share.Reply