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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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New Dx Myeloma- Prehabilitation

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“Prehabilitation evidence has grown across several areas of oncology care delivery demonstrating that a multi-modal rehabilitative intervention, delivered prior to oncology-direct therapies, leads to better functional outcomes…”

Hi David- I diagnosed 1/22 with Stage 1 Multiple Myeloma. I opted to work with a physician trained in alternative cancer therapies.

I worked with the RGCC & followed their recommended protocol. I did 15 IV’s of Salicinium & then stayed on the oral version until 11/22. My light chain #’s had increased significantly & I was very anemic.

I met with my oncologist 11/22 and started Revlimid, Velcade, Daratumumab, & Dexamethasone.

I started this regimen on 11/22/22. My freelight  chain values- kappa and lambda,  significantly decreased and now they want me scheduled for the transplant.

I also started to take Fenbendazole 12/14/22. I have always wanted to stay away from the radiation & chemotherapy.

Any input as to how to proceed is greatly appreciated. Thank you! Susan

Hi Susan-

Let me say at the outset, I have little experience with Fenbendazole- either way. No published studies about fenben and myeloma that I know of.

Multiple Myeloma First Line Treatment

Without knowing your diagnostic testing results when you were first diagnosed with MM, I will say that at stage 1, you were reasonable to try non-conventional therapies to manage your early stage blood cancer. I say this because, according to research, 96% of newly diagnosed myeloma patients are stage 2 or 3. This means that the standard therapy plan for you would be too much toxicity, at least in my experience.
Though I don’t know what the RGCC protocol is and I have little experience with Salicinium, I believe that during the time from your diagnosis through your RVd+dara induction therapy, you essentially “pre-habilitated” yourself- see the article linked below.
Between your early stage MM diagnosis and your prehabilitation, you were then able to respond well to your induction therapy. If you achieved partial or complete remission (MRD as well) in fewer than 6 courses of RVd-D, then I’m pretty sure that this is the case and most importantly, you exposed yourself to a lot LESS toxicity than everyone who undergoes RVD+ dara induction.  I subscribe to a low dose approach to MM therapy or the control side of the cure vs. control debate. See below.
Now, to your question. The main issue you are confronting is that induction therapy of RVD followed by an autologous stem cell transplant followed by maintenance therapy is the FDA approved standard-of-care for ALL newly diagnosed myeloma patients. As I mentioned above, the vast majority of NDMM patients are advanced. You were not. And you prehabilitated. I mention this because all board certified oncologists are obligated to promote the FDA standard-of-care, That’s just the way oncologist works in the U.S.
Therefore your choice is to pursue the conventional, FDA approved SOC therapy plan of your induction followed by an ASCT probably followed by maintenance therapy. Or, you can pursue a less is more, low dose or “control” rather than a high dose or potentially curative approach. Keep in mind no one has ever been cured of MM.
If you are asking me for my personal opinion, I encourage you to pursue a low dose approach to managing your myeloma to include anti-mm nutrition, supplementation and lifestyle therapies.
I hope this helps.
Good luck,
David Emerson
  • MM Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Prehabilitation is the Gateway to Better Functional Outcomes for Individuals with Cancer

“Prehabilitation is a clinical model that introduces components of rehabilitation to patients prior to undergoing intensive medical interventions, such as surgery, in order to optimize function and improve tolerability to the intervention.

Cancer care introduces a continuum of sequential or concurrent intensive anti-neoplastic medical interventions that are known to be detrimental to a patient’s function.

Prehabilitation evidence has grown across several areas of oncology care delivery demonstrating that a multi-modal rehabilitative intervention, delivered prior to oncology-direct therapies, leads to better functional outcomes and improves important endpoints associated with surgery and cancer treatment.

This commentary article provides a brief history of the emergence of prehabilitation in cancer care delivery, reviews the current evidence base and guidelines for prehabilitation, and offers insights for future implementation of this model as a standard in oncology care.

A prehabilitation program is an optimal starting point for most patients undergoing anti-neoplastic therapy as it serves as a gateway to improving functional outcomes throughout the cancer continuum.

Future research in prehabilitation should aim to reach beyond measuring functional outcomes and to explore the impact of this model on important disease treatment endpoints such as tumor response to oncology-directed treatment, impact on treatment-related toxicities, and disease progression…”

Treatment of Myeloma: Cure vs Control

“Although not often openly acknowledged, “cure vs control” is the dominant philosophical difference behind many of the strategies, trials, and debates related to the management of myeloma. Should we treat patients with myeloma with multidrug, multitransplant combinations with the goal of potentially curing a subset of patients, recognizing that the risk of adverse events and effect on quality of life will be substantial? Or should we address myeloma as a chronic incurable condition with the goal of disease control, using the least toxic regimens, emphasizing a balance between efficacy and quality of life, and reserving more aggressive therapy for later?

To be sure, if cure were known to be possible (with a reasonable probability) in myeloma, it would undoubtedly be the preferred therapeutic goal of most patients and physicians. But this is not the case.

Myeloma is generally not considered a curable disease; however, new definitions of cure have been suggested, including operational cure, which is defined as a sustained complete response (CR) for a prolonged period., Cure vs control is debated because the strategies currently being tested are not truly curative but rather are intended to maximize response rates in the hope that they will translate into an operational cure for a subset of patients…”


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