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    Myeloma

    Hi everyone,
    My brother has just received the terrible news he has stage three myeloma.
    I had never heard of this type of cancer.
    He had a heart attack two weeks ago, caused by kidney failure. When they checked to find what caused the kidney failure they discovered the cancer.
    He has been having treatment for over 18 months for pain in his legs and joints ,
    But was told he had arthritis . How wrong they were.
    He is 68 and not in good health.
    Can anyone tell if he has any chance of survival and how long he may have.
    He has just received his second kimmo.
    Thanks pereira.

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    Hello Pereira, and welcome to the forum. I am very sorry to hear of your brother's diagnosis. This is not my area of expertise so I am going to move your post in the Multiple Myeloma forum in hopes that someone there will better be able to answer your questions.

    I wish for the very best for your brother.

    Debbie
    March 21, 2011 - Dad diagnosed. Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma on head of pancreas.
    April 2011 - Gemcitabine and radiation for a total of 12 weeks.
    October 14, 2011 - Successful Whipple procedure. Cancer free! Best 5 months of my life!!!
    March 2, 2012 - CT scan and discovery of possible mets to both lungs.
    March 23, 2012 - Biopsy confirmed recurrence.
    May 2, 2012 - Folfiri regimen started. Stopped after 2 treatments due to infection.
    June 2, 2012 - Switched to Xeloda
    Sept. 21, 2012 - No more chemo...treatment not working anymore. Now we wait and pray.
    October 6, 2012 - My dad is now at peace in Heaven, watching over us until we meet again.

    ♥ Forever in my heart! Miss you every day more than words can say! ♥

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pereira View Post
    Hi everyone,
    My brother has just received the terrible news he has stage three myeloma.
    I had never heard of this type of cancer.
    He had a heart attack two weeks ago, caused by kidney failure. When they checked to find what caused the kidney failure they discovered the cancer.
    He has been having treatment for over 18 months for pain in his legs and joints ,
    But was told he had arthritis . How wrong they were.
    He is 68 and not in good health.
    Can anyone tell if he has any chance of survival and how long he may have.
    He has just received his second kimmo.
    Thanks pereira.
    That depends, no one can say for sure, even doctors can only guess albeit an educated guess. 1 year survival rates are around 80%, 5 years at around 50% and 10 years at around 25%.

    Jim Keays from the masters apprentices has had myeloma for years. Jim was diagnosed in 2007 and is still alive today.
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    Age 62
    Diffuse Large B cell Lymphoma
    Stage 2a Bulky presentation
    Finished six cycles of R chop 21 26th May 2008
    Officially in remission 9th July 2008
    Remission reconfirmed 1st October 2008
    Remission reconfirmed 17th June 2009
    Remission reconfirmed 7th June 2010
    Remission reconfirmed 6th July 2011

    NED AND DECLARED CURED on the 2/01/2013

    No more scheduled visits to the Prof
    http://cancerforums.net/viewtopic.php?t=9620

    Still alive in 2019 !

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