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Combining Holistic, Alternative Approaches With Proven, Conventional Therapies Offers Multiple Myeloma Patients Hope

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Combining Holistic, Alternative Approaches With Proven, Conventional Therapies Offers Multiple Myeloma Patients Hope

While I have been busy writing about the active return of my multiple myeloma–and my reluctant decision to proceed to transplant early this summer–there has been lots of other multiple myeloma related news going on.

Don’t forget to check-out my new myeloma news site, http://www.myelomanews.com/ from time to time to keep up on the latest research developments.

As a result of the latest Revlimid/secondary cancer scare, I am already receiving emails from readers who are considering skipping maintenance therapy after SCT.  Did you happen to read the comment from Aaron following yesterday’s post about my decision not to use maintenance therapy after my stem cell transplant?

Hi Pat,

Do you think it would be a good time to try a “natural” maintenance(curcumin) as opposed to Revlimid maintenance after a SCT? Of course, there are no studies but the secondary cancer risk should not be an issue and the Revlimid could be saved for a later day. Who knows if there is any benefit but surely it can not hurt?
Just a thought. Good luck and stay well- Aaron

My response was wasn’t measured and was unusually direct:

Yes! Combine that with a sensible, natural nutritional approach, lots of exercise and meditation or some type of stress relief. Why not? Worth a try! Lots safer and less expensive than Revlimid- Pat

I really believe combining holistic, alternative approaches with proven, conventional therapies is the way to go.  Traditional medicine needs to embrace this approach, don’t you think?   Why not combine the best from both worlds? 

What’s the worse that can happen if Aaron follows this approach?  His mind and body get a chance to heal. He avoids taking an expensive chemotherapy drug which has yet to prove it is safe–or extends the user’s life–when used for long term maintenance post SCT.

Once again, I would like to take this opportunity to thank my many friends and readers who have been calling and emailing with their support this week.  I am truly blessed!

Feel good and keep smiling!  Pat