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Forum Name: Multiple Myeloma

Question: Multiple Myeloma life expectancy

 dgaito - Mon Aug 13, 2007 8:06 am

What it the average life expectancy for an otherwise healthy 62 year-old male with Stage 1 Multiple Myeloma. He was diagnosed in June 2007 and has just started a treatment of a steroid once a week combined with a daily dosage of a derivative of thalidomide (forgot the name of the drug - starts with an R). I believe that 30% of his bone marrow is affected, according to the bone marrow biopsy.
 Debbie Miller, RN - Wed Aug 15, 2007 3:27 pm

User avatar It would be best to discuss this with the oncologist. Every patient is different so while some have a fast progression; others live longer and an average is the best you could come up with. This would also take into account all patients, healthy and otherwise. The type of treatment the patient receives would also affect the life expectancy. So, helpful statistics here would be hard to come up with.

According to the American Association of Family Practice Physicians, "Multiple myeloma has a general median survival of three years." Many factors would determine actual prognosis for the individual.

Best wishes


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