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: Husband and father, 65-74 Male (Caregiver) Published: September 03

My husband was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in 2011 and received his first stem cell transplant. He was in remission for 2 short years. When it came back he developed spinal cord tumors causing permanent damage. In two short weeks he went from walking to wheelchair. He had a 2nd stem cell transplant and we are hoping this one lasts a little longer. A year ago we didn't think he would see our youngest graduate from college, now it looks like he may get the chance to see her graduate with her masters.

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Comment from: 1224, 13-18 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 21

My best friend's sister who is 12 has been diagnosed with multiple myeloma and she has been given 5 years.

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