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Hi Cancer Coach- I was diagnosed wtih Myeloma, Dec 2012. The last year it has escalated, My oncologist says that the bone marrow is 70-80% cancer, done 6 months ago. I don’t want conventional treatments. I don’t have a lot of money since I started a medical leave. I have tried a few alternative medicines but not working so far. Would appreciate advice- Jim
I am sorry to learn of your MM relapse. I have to say though, that a seven year remission is pretty good. I will make a few suggestions and then ask a couple of questions below.
If you have been in remission for the past 7 years then I’m thinking that you have not undergone any chemo or radiation in that time and therefore your body should be relatively healthy. I hope I am thinking correctly here. If your bone marrow is more than 60-70% MM then you don’t have the time necessary for non-conventional therapies to work. The problem yet strength of toxic theraies is that they work faster because they are toxic…
Consider low-dose chemotherapy combined with evidence-based integrative therapies (see below). For example, low-dose Revlimid (lenlidomide) combined with integrative therapies such as curcumin can offer less toxicity while still reducing your MM.
My definition of low-dose is 5-10 mg of revlimid but your oncologist’s definition may be more like 20 mg. You are trying to balance toxicity with cytotoxicity (killing your MM). Not to mention that lower doses of any chemotherapy are cheaper than higher doses…
Further, anti-angiogenic nutrition and supplementation has been shown to be cytotoxic (kill) to MM.
My point also, is that alternative therapies, at this point in your relapse, may not be enough to fight your MM. I’ve worked with patients with pre-MM (MGUS or SMM) who can maintain low levels of MM with curcumin, diet, etc. but the amount of MM in their bodies is much less than yours.
Let me know and hang in there,
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