I would like to thank David Emerson for contributing this helpful post:
Myeloma and Massage- Benefits Are More Than Skin Deep
Multiple myeloma is a difficult cancer. First, it is considered “incurable but very treatable” by conventional oncology. Second, “skeletal complications are found in up to 80% of myeloma patients at presentation and are major cause of morbidity.”
I now consider “incurable but very treatable” is an oxymoron- like jumbo shrimp. If I undergo toxic chemotherapy and a peripheral blood stem cell transplant I should have a reasonable hope for a cure. But despite all the chemotherapy that was pumped into me, I found out after my proceedure I had no chance for a cure.
After my myeloma relaped twice in 2 years, my oncologist told me that “nothing more can be done.” I was 36 and otherwise in good health so my wife and I decided to try other therapies.
The article from the New York Times, linked below, talks about researchers at Cedars-Sinai and a study of deep tissue massage. The study showed that people who underwent deep tissue massage experienced “significant decreases in levels of the stress hormone cortisol in blood and saliva, and in arginine vasopressin, a hormone that can lead to increases in cortisol. They also had increases in the number of lymphocytes, white blood cells that are part of the immune system”
Once a week I undergo a deep tissue massage followed by whole body hyperthermia, another non-conventional therapy. Massage, whole body hyperthermia, exercise, nutrition, supplementation- all non-conventional therapies that I undergo that I hope will continue to keep me in complete remission.
Thanks, David! Nice to get a different perspective. I hope you will get us more info about other non-conventional therapies you use.
Feel good and keep smiling! Pat