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What Do Multiple Myeloma Patients Die From?

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What Do Multiple Myeloma Patients Die From? “…the majority of MM patients ultimately relapse or progress, and dies of disease related conditions such as severe infections, renal failure or toxicity3,4.”

Good afternoon, David. My name is Cheryl.  My dad who is 74 years old, is at a very tough point in his multiple myeloma cancer journey. He has done multiple rounds of chemotherapy and yet they have shared with him that he is not eligible for the stem cell transplant.

I am a nutritionist and very well-versed in natural approaches and I really try to determine the best ones specifically for this type of cancer.

There does not appear to be kidney damage or bone damage per se but they did certainly see more cancer in the bones in his last biopsy.

He’s already on many of the supplements that you have discussed on your website. I would like to have a conversation with you. Is there such thing as just having one consultation? How much would that be? Thank you so much. I look forward to hearing back from you. Cheryl

Follow-up email several days later…

Hi David- My dad is so weak right now and he is suffering from chronic diarrhea.  He just turned so fast – literally in the past 6 weeks.

Hi doctors are recommending Daratumumab  (Darzelex) for his last treatment option.  I don’t like the side effects I’m seeing on that one when I read. He’s already really fatigued but they feel it will target the MM cells.

We are just weighing whether that is the best or to just let him be comfortable.

My heart just feels broken.

Any insight on that med is appreciated.  Can it truly help someone in this condition …??

Thank you, David.  Very much

Another email a few days later…

Hi David- my dad passed away last Monday.

I feel heart broken and shock.

I deeply appreciate your willingness to help.

Be well, David.


Hi Cheryl-

I must begin my reply by saying that I don’t believe the 74 year old MM survivor should undergo an ASCT. Too much toxicity. I have worked with many elderly MM survivors who enjoy a higher quality of life by undergoing low-dose therapies coupled with one of the many evidence-based integrative therapies.
On the one hand, yes, daratumumab aka darzelex can manage your dad’s MM be it
  • stable disease
  • partial remission,
  • complete remission, etc.
On the other hand, your dad will face the possibility of more side effects. Even the average MM patient can experience side effects. The 74 year old MM patient who has already undergone many other chemotherapies, and who is already wracked by previous short, long-term and last stage side effects will certainly feel the effects of this chemotherapy treatment.
Let me be clear. Like every other treatment your dad has undergone, daratumumab is both cytotoxic to MM and causes side effects.
Let me ask you this. Instead of more chemotherapy, could your dad take a break and try to rebuild his strength, rebuild his immune system?
In my experience, oncologists prescribe toxic therapies at the expense of the MM patient. I understand why oncology does this, I’m simply asking if a break from toxic therapy might be a short term solution for your dad right now?
Has your dad ever had any Carfilzomib? Several non-toxic supplements have been shown to enhance the efficacy of Carfilzomib while they also fight MM and reduce toxicity.

Yes, we can have just one consultation. You and your dad will get more out of the consultation if you can email me your dad’s most recent diagnostic information- blood, urine, imaging. Can you send me this information?

Let me know what you are thinking.

thank you,

David Emerson

  • MM Survivor
  • MM Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Recommended Reading:


A systematic classification of death causes in multiple myeloma

“However, the majority of MM patients ultimately relapses or progresses, and deceases of disease related conditions such as severe infections, renal failure or toxicity3,4. Nonetheless, the increasing life expectancy of the MM population might translate into an increase in causes of death (COD) unrelated to MM…”

The most common causes of death for multiple myeloma survivors are:

Myelosuppression (Infection, pneumonia, etc,)

Renal Insufficiency (kidney failure)

Bone Disease (bone damage, fractures, leading to death)

Heart Failure (heart damage leading to death)

Blood Clots (DVT, hyper-viscosity)

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