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Hi David- I recently received a myeloma diagnosis. My oncologists stated I was stage 1 low risk. I have a lesion on my clavicle, humorous head, and rib. My Bone Marrow Biopsy showed 50% myeloma cells. I was diagnosed at Rush University in Chicago.. I’ve since switched to University of Chicago as they have a clinical trial of Daratumumab, Kyprolis, Revlimid, dexamethasone open for newly diagnosed patients. I am wondering about intravenous vitamin C.
I am scheduled to start treatment June 3rd. However, my numbers have been stable from April to May’s blood work. They don’t want me to delay my treatments. However, I’m thinking of delaying it and getting High Dose Vit C IV for a few weeks and see how my numbers go. What are your thoughts?
Thank you, Adam
I am sorry to learn of your MM diagnosis. Though, as you know, newly diagnosed myeloma patients with early or stage 1 MM offers a much longer average survival. Re your issues, several things to consider-
1) 30% of MM in the blood is the official definition of MM- MGUS and SMM are below 30%.
2) I am skeptical of any/all toxicity. The less toxicity MMers have, the better. After all, we are talking about 10-20 years of survival. Intravenous vitamin C therapy, high-dose vitamin C, is cytotoxic to MM. If you undergo intravenous vitamin C therapy before you begin chemotherapy, you will prehabilitate your MM. Meaning, you will enhance the efficacy of your chemo.
3) In your case, you are walking a fine line between potential damage done by chemotherapy versus damage done by the MM itself. Stable numbers are good though you mentioned bone involvement. Chemo should knock that MM out. As you can read in the study linked and excerpted below, yes, intravenous vit C kills mm cells though I would also supplement with anti-MM therapies such as curcumin, resveratrol, omega-3 and pursue anti-MM nutrition, and lifestyle therapies, etc.
4) Another “plus” to undergoing non-toxic therapies such as intravenous vitamin C, curcumin, nutrition, is that you will be “pre-habilitating”and should respond better to your chemo when you do begin therapy.
I guess I am saying not to wait too long to begin conventional therapy but you may be better off in the long run by preparing your body/health/MM before you begin active chemo.
I’m not sure if I answered your question. Let me know.
“We show that pharmacologically-dosed ascorbic acid (PAA), in the presence of iron, leads to the formation of highly reactive oxygen species (ROS) resulting in cell death. PAA selectively kills CD138+MM tumor cells derived from MM and smoldering MM (SMM) but not from monoclonal gammopathy undetermined significance (MGUS) patients. PAA alone or in combination with melphalan inhibits tumor formation in MM xenograft mice. This study shows PAA efficacy on primary cancer cells and cell lines in vitro and in vivo…”
“Myeloma is a haematological malignancy which typically follows a relapsing-remitting course. While treatment can control the myeloma and improve quality of life for given periods of time, remissions generally become progressively shorter with subsequent relapses, and patients ultimately enter a final refractory phase. To help control symptoms and enhance quality of life, some patients use complementary therapies as an adjunct to their conventional therapy…”