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What is the life expectancy of people with multiple myeloma?

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Dr. Stephen Noga
Internal Medicine - Oncology
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Stephen Noga
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Dr. Michael Thompson
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Improving

The historical (eg iss-based) myeloma life expectancies quoted are old news.
Myeloma treatments are rapidly improving. It is still a bad disease that people die from too early, but we are getting better. That is a somewhat evasive, but true answer. The ceo of the mmrf (who has mm) is ~14 yrs out from diagnosis. http://www.themmrf.org/about-the-mmrf/leadership/executive-committee.html.

In brief: Improving

The historical (eg iss-based) myeloma life expectancies quoted are old news.
Myeloma treatments are rapidly improving. It is still a bad disease that people die from too early, but we are getting better. That is a somewhat evasive, but true answer. The ceo of the mmrf (who has mm) is ~14 yrs out from diagnosis. http://www.themmrf.org/about-the-mmrf/leadership/executive-committee.html.
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