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. However, there is no cure for the disease. For all patients the average 5-year survival rate is about 35%. Survival rates are higher in younger patients and lower in the elderly. Levels of C-reactive protein and beta-2 microglobulin have been used to predict survival times (for example, mean survival time in someone with both proteins levels less than 6 mg/L is 54 months and is 6 months if both are above 6 mg/L). Patients with tumor masses, kidney impairment, Bence Jones proteins, and elevated blood calcium (hypercalcemia) have a poor prognosis.

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Comment from: Tricia, 75 or over Male (Caregiver) Published: January 14

My 90 year old dad has multiple myeloma. He has had 2 kyphoplasty surgeries for broken leg. Rehab helped with all this, plus home health. He is now what I call in remission. He can go to doctor visits and walk on his walker. He has had myeloma over 5 years. My Dad's attitude has helped him. He loves life and is very happy, telling jokes and loving the great grandkids! Has very little pain now. He is not doing any treatments. He does have Procrit shots as needed.

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Comment from: love u dad, 55-64 Male (Caregiver) Published: April 25

My dad is 56 with multiple myeloma (MM) stage 2. He had his first stem cell 9 months after we found out. We were told it should last about 10 years only lasted 1.5 years. He had a second stem cell done about a year after, he keeps breaking and fracturing bones and now they have given him a painful year to live. I have read a lot of positive things on this site however this cancer is terrible, with a nasty ending.

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