What I wish I knew about Multiple Myeloma treatments 25 years later...

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Survival Rates for Multiple Myeloma

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According to the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) the average five-year survival for newly diagnosed myeloma patients is about 50%.

This means that if you do nothing but follow conventional FDA approved myeloma therapies your chances MM survival of five years is about 50/50. Please keep in mind that a host of variables can change a person’s average survival including age, physical condition or co-morbidites, stage at diagnosis, and evidence-based, non-conventional MM therapies.

I have lived with multiple myeloma since my diagnosis in 1994. I have been in complete remission since 4/99. Survival rates for multiple myeloma depend on your therapy. Your myeloma survival rate will depend largely on how you manage your cancer.

How have I lived in complete remission from incurable cancer since 1999?

While there is a long and growing list of FDA approved chemotherapy regimens for Multiple Myeloma and while autologous stem cell transplantation (ASCT) has seen some patients achieve long remissions, my experience is that high-dose toxic therapy can cause serious short, long-term and late stage collateral damage. I have learned that myeloma patients can undergo conventional FDA approved MM therapies and also maximize evidence-based, non-toxic myeloma therapies to maximize both quality of life and quantity of life.

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:

  • Do Multiple Myeloma specialists know more about MM than regular oncologists? Yes.
  • What side effects should I expect from my induction chemotherapy? Prevention is key.
  • What do I do if I don’t reach complete remission? Don’t panic.
  • What therapies can I use that my oncologist won’t tell me about? Triplets are superior to doublets.
  • Does it matter if I wait to have an autologous stem cell transplant- No. Studies show there is no survival advantage either earlier or later.¬†

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 16 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.

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I wish you all the best on your Multiple Myeloma journey. If you have any questions, scroll down to the bottom of the page to leave a comment, and I will respond ASAP.

Hang in there,
David Emerson
  • MM Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

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