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 Multiple Myeloma (MM). Your oncologist has recommended one or more in the long and growing list of conventional cancer therapies (FDA approved) that may include surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. It is my belief however, that MM patients must also incorporate the best of complementary and integrative myeloma therapies in their therapy plan.
While it is true that a number of multiple myeloma patients are living longer than ever before, according to the American Cancer Society, multiple myeloma is incurable and has an average five-year survival of 49%.
Your first step is to understand the therapies prescribed by your oncologist. Your second step is to understand evidence-based integrative, alternative and complementary therapies that may help you achieve deeper, longer remissions. You will enjoy deeper, longer remissions with few side effects by learning about how evidence-based therapies can work together for you.
First, let me give some basic definitions:
There is a large and growing body of research demonstrating both integrative and complementary therapies can enhance your conventional therapies, reduce the toxicities of your therapies and therefore lower your risk and severity of side effects. An example of a complementary therapy moderating chemo side effects would be frequent, moderate exercise to reduce peripheral neuropathy.
If you or a loved one have been diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma, let me say this loud and clear:
It is critical that you become an active participant in your care. Learn everything you can.
I am alive today largely because I took the time to find out everything I could about Multiple Myeloma and sought out the full spectrum of evidence-based MM therapies both conventional (FDA approved) and non-conventional.
Your decision-making begins by learning about the full spectrum of evidence-based myeloma therapies, both conventional and non-conventional. Here are some questions you may have right now:
I am both a MM survivor and MM cancer coach. All of these questions are answered in detail in the Multiple Myeloma Cancer Coaching Program. Both the Basic and Premium packages include all 14 guides, plus membership in the Closed Facebook Group, “Beating Myeloma,” a private forum that I moderate for questions and answers among fellow Multiple Myeloma Cancer Coaching members. I hope this information will help you make the best and most informed decisions for your care. It is the information I wish that I had when I was first diagnosed.
I wish you all the best on your Multiple Myeloma journey.
“Cancer can be treated with surgery, chemotherapy, radiation therapy, immunotherapy, and monoclonal antibody therapy. The choice of therapy depends upon the location and grade of the tumor and the stage of the disease, as well as the general state of the patient (performance status).”
“Integrative medicine or integrative health is the combination of practices and methods of alternative medicine with evidence-based medicine. The term has been popularised by, among others, Deepak Chopra, VA Shiva Ayyadurai, Andrew Weil and Prince Charles. Weil says that patients should take the Western medicine prescribed by the doctor, and could significantly benefit from complementary therapies such as omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and herbal remedies, meditation, and other strategies.”
“Some people with cancer may consider using complementary therapy in addition to standard cancer treatment. This approach is called integrative medicine when it has been discussed with and approved by your health care team. Many people use complementary therapies to:
Talk with your health care team before adding any therapies to your standard treatment. They can help you safely combine the therapies that are right for you…”
“Alternative cancer treatments describes alternative and complementary treatments for cancer that have not been approved by the government agencies responsible for the regulation of therapeutic goods. They include diet and exercise, chemicals, herbs, devices, and manual procedures. The treatments may be untested or unsupported by evidence, either because no proper testing has been conducted, or because testing did not demonstrate statistically significant efficacy. Concerns have been raised about the safety of some of them.”
If your oncologist has prescribed chemotherapy, be sure to ask these questions-
1) Is chemotherapy part of a larger plan to cure cancer, is it designed to delay metastasis, or is it used to treat particular symptoms?
2) What are the side effects of this particular chemo?
3) PICC or port?
4) What if the side effects become intolerable?
5) How do you know whether the chemo is working?