Double-intensive therapy in high-risk multiple myeloma

A high remission rate is achieved with high-dose melphalan (HDM) in multiple myeloma (MM), and autologous transplantation of hematopoietic stem cells allows a prompt hematologic recovery after high-dose therapy. We treated 97 patients with high-risk MM (group 1:44 advanced MM including 14 primary resistances and 30 relapses; group 2: 53 newly diagnosed MM) with a […]

Why Do People Beat the Average Multiple Myeloma Life Expectancy Prognosis? Or How To Improve Your Myeloma Survival Rate!

Multiple Myeloma Prognosis I updated this post more than two years ago, and it has been very helpful to many in the myeloma patient community  One thing has become very clear to me, the pace of change and progress for myeloma has become exponential.   This is a very good thing!  We have had 4 drugs […]

What to Do If Your Multiple Myeloma Treatment Stops Working

Once your doctor determines the stage of your cancer and comes up with a treatment plan, you may look forward to putting multiple myeloma behind you. There’s no cure for this type of cancer, but remission is achievable. Of course, not everyone responds to every type of treatment. Learning that your treatment didn’t work (or […]

Multiple Myeloma: Risk Factors and Prevention

ON THIS PAGE: You will find out more about the factors that increase the chance of developing multiple myeloma. Use the menu to see other pages. A risk factor is anything that increases a person’s chance of developing cancer. Although risk factors often influence the development of cancer, most do not directly cause cancer. Some […]

To Others Living with Multiple Myeloma, You’re Not Alone

Dear Friends, The year 2009 was quite eventful. I started a new job, moved to Washington, D.C., got married in May, and got diagnosed with multiple myeloma in September at the age of 60. I was having pains that I thought were related to riding my bicycle. At my next doctor’s visit, I received a […]

Three New Therapies Approved for Multiple Myeloma

The FDA recently approved three new drugs to treat multiple myeloma. One of the drugs is the first approved cancer therapy to target the CD38 protein (pictured).Credit: Wikimedia Commons / Emw, CC-BY-SA-3.0 The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved three new drugs for the treatment of multiple myeloma that has returned after prior therapy. On November 16, […]

Multiple myeloma – Diagnosis and treatment

Diagnosis In some cases, your doctor may detect multiple myeloma accidentally when you undergo a blood test for some other condition. In other cases, your doctor may suspect multiple myeloma based on your signs and symptoms. Tests and procedures used to diagnose multiple myeloma include:   Blood tests. Laboratory analysis of your blood may reveal the […]

5 Multiple Myeloma Signs & Symptoms: Bone Pain & More

Multiple Myeloma Signs, Symptoms, and Complications Multiple myeloma is a rare type of blood cancer. The chances of getting it are 1 in 132. It’s more likely to affect men, but women get it, too. As with any cancer, the earlier it’s found, the more likely you are to beat it. While it doesn’t always cause symptoms you’d […]

8 Surprising Facts About Multiple Myeloma

How much do you know about multiple myeloma? You may know that multiple myeloma is a type of blood cancer, but it’s different and rarer than lymphoma and leukemia. Myeloma has other unique characteristics—like its typical age of onset, when treatment typically starts, and advances in treatment. Here are eight surprising facts about multiple myeloma that you might not […]

10 Things You Need To Know About Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma is a treatable but incurable blood cancer that typically occurs in the bone marrow. It is a relatively uncommon cancer, affecting approximately 30,000 new people each year. 1 Difficult to diagnose until it is in the advanced stages, it is mainly treated with chemotherapy and stem cell therapies. But the survival rate is […]

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