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Dr. James Chapman
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Kahler Disease (Definition)

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


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What is the typical life span of people with myeloma?

Variabe: In recent years there have been significant strides in the treatment of myeloma which have resulted in a significant prolongation of survival. There are now many long term survivors (5 yrs or more) although we don't believe the disease is truly curable at this point. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy for someone that has mutiple myeloma?

It depends: Survival in myeloma depends on a number of factors. First, is stage. Second is chromosomal abnormalities. Some have a good prognosis, others not so good. In general we think that myeloma is not usually curable with standard therapies, but survival is getting better with our newer agents, so that living 10 years is not unusual. Cure may be possible with allogeneic bone marrow transplant. ...Read more

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Multi myeloma: what is the life expectancy/survival rate?

It is a Blood cancer: It is a form of blood cancer which begins in the bone marrow. Myeloma has good treatment options available, so most patients can live for 5 to 10 years, on an average. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of people with multiple myeloma?

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 more

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What's the life expectancy of someone with multiple myeloma?

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

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What is the life expectancy of people with multiple myeloma and lcdd?

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

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What is the life expectancy of 76 yr. Old female in 2nd stage of myeloma?

Unclear: The myeloma staging system is very imprecise for prognosis. Also, there are a few different staging systems. Probably the most important features are cytogenetics, response to initial chemotherapy, and ability to tolerate a bone marrow transplant. ...Read more

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Life expectancy of myeloma patients after autologous stem cell transplant?

Myeloma : There are many things that go into predicting life expectancy of somebody with myeloma who has an autologous stem cell transplant. The rough estimate for somebody getting a transplant in first remission is about 6-7 years now. However, this is something your oncologist or transplant doctor can talk to you about with more specific information. ...Read more

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What is the maximum life span of someone with multiple myloma?

Variable: The modern treatment for myeloma has improved the survival of those who have it, considerably, doubling it up from 3.5 years to 7 years(Average). Clearly some patients can live for 10 years and some even longer. The longest survivor that I have heard/read about lived 20 years. We are now expecting some cures too!!!. ...Read more