A 21-year-old member asked:
What is the prognosis (chance of recovery) for multiple myeloma and other plasma cell cancer types?
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Hematology and Oncology 20 years experience
Depends on Fx: The international staging system (iss) is useful for comparing across clinical trial but is of limited utility for helping treat an individual.
Ref: greipp pr, san miguel j, durie bg, et al. (2005) jco
stage (med overall survival (os))
1 = 62 mon
2 = 45 mon
3 = 29 mon
os improved since then (2005 published, looking at older data).
Other fx: cytogenetics, fish, flc, mri, pet, renal, gep, etc.
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Medical Oncology 34 years experience
Better than before: Most patients can now achieve remission either with standard therapy or stem cell transplant. The remissions can be long lived although patients are not cured. Many live a decade or more with good quality of life and this time line continues to get longer with the new targeted therapies. The average life span used to be 2.5 years.
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Last updated Sep 11, 2014
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