Multiple Myeloma Life expectancy

Multiple Myeloma Life expectancy:

Cancer stands as among those diseases which are freezing the population across the globe through their deteriorating effects on the human body. Scientists and the doctors all around the world have discovered various forms of cancer, as the symptoms differ from each other. The gist is fundamentally alike and the cells expand at abnormal rates. The outcome is witnessed in the form of tumor, which is typically a clump of cells that outgrown on specific areas thus causing hindrances in the body are functioning.


Some of the most common signs of multiple myeloma are brittle bones, bone disorders & cramping in the ribs and the back. Fatigue, tiredness, nausea, constipation, weight loss, urination urges, fever, infections and excessive thirst are some additional indications. A doctor can only determine whether these signs pertain to multiple myeloma or something else. An individual facing these symptoms should approach the doctor to ensure advanced detection and proper treatment.

Risk Phenomena:

The National Cancer Institute has stated that there is no known cause of multiple myeloma. Apparently, there are some risk factors that boost up the chances of the development of multiple myeloma. Majorly affected ages grouped are over 65 years and in rare cases below 35 years. In terms of races, African and Americans are highly affected as compared to the Asians. Male, having a family history in terms of MGU’s (Monoclanal Gammothapy of Undetermined significance).MGU is a condition wherein abdominal plasma cells develop “M” proteins.


Multiple myeloma and its associated symptoms are now treated by using chemotherapy, steroids and targeted therapies. National Cancer Institute has even stated that chemotherapy is an instrumental operation leading to the destruction of fast multiplying myeloma cells but can leave adverse effects on the normal cells. Targeted therapy is carried out to block the myeloma cell growth.

Side Effects:

Side effects are byproducts of the treatments used against the disease. Anemia, kidney disorders, bone thinning, infections and amyloidosis are some common symptoms. One needs to understand the disease that he/she faces and accordingly make efforts to outweigh the disease with the effective treatment.

Tips to reduce the chances of getting affected to Myeloma:

An individual suffering from multiple myeloma should have a sufficient intake of a balanced diet. This can boost the energy and can help in managing the body weight. An active and energized body reduces fatigue level and provides immunity. Consuming a healthy diet strengthens the bones and keeps it brittle free. Doctor’s recommendation on a nutritional diet may assist in eating the right food and taking the advantage of all the supplements.

50000 people in the country are been diagnosed and treated against the effects of multiple myeloma. Though the average life expectancy for people suffering from this disease is 3-4 years post diagnosis, medical examinations have largely improvised the chances of extending one’s life. The life expectancy can also depend on the advancement of the disease and its infiltration level in the body. Some patients face non aggressive nature of multiple myeloma where the symptoms are exhibited but the disease may advance in fast phases. In some cases, where the treatment is dealt in the later stages where the patient directly depends on the dialysis the life expectancy is structured to 3 months and may vary up to 3 years. However, there are patients who have survived for 6 years and still counting. To conclude, multiple myeloma, its quality of treatment and its advancement are some factors that affect the survival of the patient.

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Rani Vyas

Rani Vyas

I'm a Medical Consultant Doctor with a keen interest in Medical bioinformatics and genuinely intriguing way of presenting boring medical knowledge in an enchanting and eye catching way.

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