Oct 10, 2005 - 5:53 am
My husband has IgG Multiple Myeloma and is approximately 18 months into his treatment with Thalomid and Decadron plus Zometa. He is fairly worn out most of the time and having to have lens implants due to what the Decadron did to his eyes. We recently had a discussion with his oncologist on his treatment plan when the oncologist stated that because Multiple Myeloma is now considered "chronic" in the medical community, he would prefer to treat my husband with the different meds available until something better comes along (Revlimid?)! All that was fine with us however we both were surprised at his casual use of the word "chronic" as everything we read does not indicate "chronic" for the majority of the patients with this cancer. I do know they are putting many cancers into a truly "chronic" state but cannot find anything published to back up this statement. Is there anyone out there who can help us out on this search for written evidence of MM being "chronic"? We are interested in a auto stem cell but our oncologist seems to feel otherwise. My husband has come from 6000 IgG to 2000....he actually went lower....the doctor lessened the meds....he immediately bounced back up to 2400! We are feeling somewhat confused! Thanks for input!