How long do patients live with multiple myeloma?

Depends. 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.
It is age dependent. On average 68% of myeloma patients are alive at 5 years. About 55% of younger patients are alive at 10 years. The survival time and percent is changing because of stem cell transplant, revlamid, velcade (bortezomib) and other new drugs. Most survival data looks at patients treated a few years ago, so the impact of new treatment has to catch up. Stage and aggressiveness of the disease also influence survival.

Related Questions

What percentage of patients with multiple myeloma will survive?

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...

How does anti dkk1 treatments work on multiple myeloma patients?

In research. This antibody can change the activity of bone cells that are affected by myeloma cells. It is in early clinical trials and I am not sure how long it will take for larger trials to take place. Read more...

Why Blinding bright white light in the mrngs and shakey vision and not focused for 5 to 7 mins. Cant see. Pupils very small? Multiple Myeloma patient

See an eye doctor. You need to see an ophthalmologist right away. This may not be related to myeloma, but there are eye problems related to myeloma that could lead to retinal hemorrhage and blindness. Good luck. Read more...

Multiple myeloma. Is a patient at high risk for pneumonias?

Increased risk. Patients with multiple myeloma have a suppressed immune system. This increases the risk for pneumonias and other infections. Read more...
Yes. One of the most common causes of death in myeloma is infection. Evidence on the effect of immunization in myeloma is relatively weak, but still suggested in guidelines. Ref for a 1980-2002 study -- http://jco.Ascopubs.Org/content/23/36/9219.Long -- conclusion a tenth of patients die within 60 days of diagnosis of mm. Infection and renal failure are the main direct causes of early mortality... Read more...

Any suggestions on which juice is good for multiple myeloma patients? Noni juice or amla juice?

Juice and MM. Unfortunately Noni juice has not been show to have any beneficial effects for any medical conditions. Amla juice has only undergone preliminary medical research and almost all of it is in vitro. There may be antiviral, antimicrobial, and anticancer effects but they are thusfar unstudied in any medical trials. Read more...
Neither. Neither juice is helpful or harmful for myeloma. Standard treatments unfortunately include chemotherapy, but these treatments can add years to survival and sometimes even cure the disease. . Read more...

I'm suffering from seizures after stopping thalidomide. I've used other to stop them but they won't go away. A Multiple Myeloma patient?

? Relationship. Thalidomide has neurological side effects but is not commonly thought to cause seizures. In fact, early studies suggested thalidomide might have anti-seizure activity. Myeloma does not commonly cause seizures either, although it might contribute to seizures if it causes electrolyte abnormalities or a skull tumor involves the surface of the brain. Work with your doc to evaluate and treat seizure. Read more...

Doctors refuse to treat end stage multiple myeloma patient stating he is unfit. Can chemo still reverse his conditionpatient can't swallow pills, food?

Tough one. Your question is very valid but I am not sure it can be answered without knowing more about the situation. We do see patients whose general condition is so poor that it is almost certain they will get unacceptable toxicity and for whom supportive care is the best way to go. Whether this is the case, I cannot say. You certainly have the right to get a second opinion. Sorry about this. Read more...
Multiple myeloma. I am sorry. If he is end stage, I would agree with his oncologist. It seems to me that he is really seriously ill. Chemotherapy will not do him any benefit at this stage. He should seek palliative care which will address all his Symptoms including emotional, moral and spiritual support. My prayers are with him and you. Read more...

I used nutrition and IV vitamin C and cured, yes cured my multiple myeloma. How can I offer my experience to doctors and patients to help them?

Must prove cause... One must prove cause and effect, for any acitivities and/or substances that one believes cured a particular disease. For example, if one believes her leukemia went away because she ate a navel orange every day for an entire year, she must prove that eating the navel orange actually cured the leukemia (and thus show it was not just a coincidence that her leukemia resolved during that same time). Read more...