Multiple Myeloma - Prognosis

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What is the prognosis for multiple myeloma?

The prognosis of multiple myeloma is variable, depending on the approximate stage and response to therapy. Though there is no cure for the disease, today's treatments are more effective and less toxic (have fewer side effects) than did many in the past. Life expectancy or survival ranges from about one to 10 years, with median survival of about three years with the five-year relative survival rate of 46.6%. Survival is higher in young people and lower in the elderly. Complications include early death due to infections (meningitis, septicemia, pneumonia), anemia, kidney failure, and a depressed immune system. Currently, multiple myeloma is considered to be a disease that is not preventable. Multiple myeloma is not a hereditary disease. Multiple myeloma is a focus of active ongoing research.

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Comment from: Lil Deb, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 15

My husband has been battling multiple myeloma for 5 years. The doctor said she's going to try to get him 5 years. He has had 2 bone marrow transplants, now he just finished radiation and the results from that was not working; it still looks the same, it's still there. Now they are going to try more chemotherapy again. It's a downward battle. I need to know the whole truth and what is next.

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Comment from: Sarah, 55-64 Female (Caregiver) Published: August 26

My mum is going through her 10th year of multiple myeloma. This past year she has been in and out of hospital close to 4 or 5 times and we have just been informed we have run out of options. They have given her 6 months. We have tried nearly every drug on offer but there has to be something else.

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