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What is the typical life span of people with myeloma?

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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Dr. Debra Rosenblatt
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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 life expectancy of people with multiple myeloma?

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 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 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

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What is the life expectancy of someone with lymphoma?

What is the life expectancy of someone with lymphoma?

Depends: There are many factors that effect life expectancy including the patients underlying health and the stage of lymphoma. For example lymphoma that is slower growing and has not spread is a better case than a lymphoma that is aggressive and has spread to multiple organs. Hard to answer that question without more information. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of people with pkd?

What is the life expectancy of people with pkd?

Not short.: Polycystic kidney disease in most cases is a mild slowly progressive disease. Many patients do not even know they have it and they live and die without knowing they have it. The clue to answer the question could be taken from a person in the same family who has the disease. Of course, patients with PKD may develop end-stage and need dialysis after several years. They are eligible for transplant. ...Read more

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What is the duration of life expectancy of someone with liver cancer?

What is the duration of life expectancy of someone with liver cancer?

Depends: The survival is dependent on cell type and stage. In order to answer this question accurately, that information would be needed. ...Read more

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What is the expected length of life for someone with neurological lupus?

What is the expected length of life for someone with neurological lupus?

It depends: Neurological lupus is a broad category. Criteria include: neuropathies, depression, cognitive dysfunction, seizures and other central nervous system involvement.(cns) in general the prognosis depends on what type of neurological involvement the patient has. CNS lupus has a poorer prognosis than depression and cgnitive dysfunction. ...Read more

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What would be the average life span of someone with dementia?

What would be the average life span of someone with dementia?

Can be quite long: Remember, an individual is not an average. With dementia dx, a person under 70 averages 10.7 yrs but less if they are frail or ill. In a study of all ages, average survival after DX of alzheimers or dementia was 4.5 yrs. But, with good care and an otherwise strong, healthy body - life with dementia can exceed averages by a lot yet it definitely shortens average life expectancy. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with hemophilia? 

What is the life expectancy of someone with hemophilia? 

Near normal: The disorder can be of varying severity, but robust treatment options are available, including recombinant drugs and gene therapy. If severity is low and resistance to drugs do not develop life expectancy is near normal. ...Read more

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What is the blood disease associated with short life span of rbcs?

What is the blood disease associated with short life span of rbcs?

Hemolysis: All the hemolytic anemias -- from spherocytosis to the hemoglobinopathies to malaria to pavement-pounding in marathonners -- shorted RBC life span. Thalassemias and megaloblastic anemias have many of the red cell precursors die before release. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with microcephaly?

What is the life expectancy of someone with microcephaly?

Depends: It is completely dependant on the cause of the microcephaly and on the severity of its associated problems such as seizure disorder, gastro-esophageal reflux or breathing difficulty. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with cll leukemia?

What is the life expectancy of someone with cll leukemia?

Usually many yrs: Many pts survive many years with this diagnosis./ your doctor likely discussed the genetic tests and blood work that can help define the rate of progression expected with current therapy. A small percentage have a rapid course of disease. ...Read more

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What is the average life expectancy of someone with amyloid angiopathy?

What is the average life expectancy of someone with amyloid angiopathy?

Varies: Has a genetic mutation been discovered? There are several different types and it would be worthwhile finding whether one of these is present -- both for prognosis, and as information for the family. I'd try to answer this first, and even then, no one can predict months-or-years beyond giving a range / survival curves. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of a person with thyroid cancer?

What is the life expectancy of a person with thyroid cancer?

Usually very good: I can't give one definitive answer as it will depend on the specific type of thyroid cancer and the stage at diagnosis. There are at least 4 different types: Papillary, Follicular, Medullary and Analplastic. The good news is that the most common types of thyroid cancer, (Papillary and follicular), especially at stages I or II have excellent prognosis with treatment and are very rarely fatal. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with relapse polychondritis?

It really depends: This is a difficult question to answer. It really depends on the severity of the disease. Tracheal and aortic valve involvement can be a significant issue. As Prednisone is the basic therapy, an affected individual also has to deal with the long-term toxicities associated with Prednisone or other immunosuppressive therapies. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with chronic emphysema?

What is the life expectancy of someone with chronic emphysema?

Difficult: Calculating life expectancy in COPD is very challenging. Limited life span is found in patients with chronically elevated carbon dioxide levels, frequent exacerbations of the disease and low body mass index. Given you an exact survival percentage is usually not possible. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of someone with cretinism?

What is the life expectancy of someone with cretinism?

Rare Disorder: Cretinism is the name given to people that were born with hypothyroidis (caused by congenital absence of the thyroid gland) . It use to take up to 6 mo to a 1 yr of age to diagnose children with this condition and by that time they were mentally retarded and had course facial feautures that were not reversible with treatment. Now we have neonatal screening for this condition if promptly treated ...Read more

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Horrible question, but what is the life expectancy of a person with microcephaly?

Horrible question, but what is the life expectancy of a person with microcephaly?

Depends: It is completely dependant on the cause of the microcephaly and on the severity of its associated problems such as seizure disorder, gastro-esophageal reflux or breathing difficulty. ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy of a person with microcephaly?

What is the life expectancy of a person with microcephaly?

Depends: It is completely dependant on the cause of the microcephaly and on the severity of its associated problems such as seizure disorder, gastro-esophageal reflux or breathing difficulty. ...Read more