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What Is The Life Expectancy Of People With Multiple Myeloma
I had not heard of "kahler's disease" until seeing multiple questions on healthtap. It is multiple myeloma (mm). "multiple" is from the often seen "multiple" bone lesions (especially in advanced disease). Mm is a cancer of plasma cells [highly specialized b white blood cells (lymphocytes)] that produce antibodies. Sx are crab: hypercalcemia, renal insufficency, anemia, ...Read more
Labs, xrays: There are a series of blood and urine tests that will give the doctor a good idea if you have the disease. These are usually followed by x-rays looking for tell-tale signs of myeloma and a bone marrow test which would identify the cancer cells themselves. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Much better now: With all the new targeted drugs for myeloma and several to come, patients live many more years. Some have said this cancer is now more like a chronic disease — still dangerous and needing treatment but it is characterized by longer periods of remission after treatment. Therefore, a 65 or 75 year old person may have a normal life span with this disease now. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends on heart: The light chain deposition disease is unlikely to affect survival. In fact a review of myeloma and kidney failure published last year demonstrated no change in outcome in myeloma patients with or without kidney failure. The biggest predictor of outcome is response to chemotherapy. Velcade (bortezomib) (new chemo) has been a game changer. In addition, patients with cardiac involvement do very poorly. ...Read more
Years: This really varies depending most importantly on the chromosome abnormalities. Patients with this diagnosis are living longer, whereas previously many died within 3 years, most are living much longer. ...Read more
Pl suggest any alternative remedy/ies for multiple myeloma I am 48 yer old and no m band seen at this moment after 6 months of chemo?
Homeopathy, herbs ;: There are no proven alternatives for multiple myeloma but that does not mean they may not help; but I would continue standard treatments too. A healthy diet, tonifying herbs, reducing body burden of heavy metals ; other environmental toxins, stress reduction ; working to clear unresolved anger/grief etc. Can only help. I also advise classical homeopathy with a good homeopath. See comments for more:. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
None: No symptoms by definition. Smoldering multiple myeloma (SMM) is asymptomatic. If it is "symptomatic" then it is (symptomatic) multiple myeloma (MM). A new International Myeloma Working Group definition of SMM and MM was just published...http://www.thelancet.com/journals/lanonc/article/PIIS1470-2045(14)70442-5/abstract Ultra high risk SMM is now called MM. The trial E3A06 looks at SMM. ...Read more
Disease of adults: Multiple myeloma is not a very common disease. It accounts for approximately 1% of all cancers multiple myeloma is a disease of older adults. The median age at diagnosis is 66 years; only 10 and 2 % of patients are younger than 50 and 40 years, respectively. It is not a disease of teenager. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Myeloma has a variable natural history. Many patients have had myeloma for years prior to diagnosis without realizing it, while others are diagnosed by screening for monoclonal protein in the blood.
Modern hematologists can use advanced treatments like velcade, revlimid, (lenalidomide) thalomid, and stem cell transplant, allowing myeloma patients to live longer than ever. More info: http://bit. Ly/lrzotm. ...Read more
Nobody knows : Bottom line is that nobody knows for sure. No serious studies have correlated multiple myeloma and stress, so this would be an unlikely cause. Genetic abnormalities ate involved in causing this disease but is hard to figure out what is exactly causing such genetic abnormalities. Best wishes, ariel. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Asymptomatic: Smoldering myeloma is a stage of Myeloma before patients become symptomatic. So it is discovered on routine checking of blood proteins or show up in a serum protein electrophoresis(SEP). Many of these patients develop symptoms within one or two years and the symptoms are bone/back pain or a broken bone due to myeloma. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer