Myeloma Life Expectancy Has Increased From 5 Years To 5 Years and 6 Months

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Each year in mid April, the National Cancer Institute updates the SEER data which shows if any progress has been made in survival for all cancers.  In the 11 years since I was diagnosed, the life expectancy has increased from 3 years to now this year myeloma survival is 5 years and 6 months.  You can see the SEER results if you CLICK HERE!  The 5 year survival from the graph is 52.7% or 2.7% above the average.   History shows that 5.3% of patients die between year 5 and year 6, which if we extrapolate 2.7% is a little over half of the yearly total or translates into an estimated survival of 5 years and 6 months for myeloma.  This is a 10% improvement  over the prior year results.   

This information, does not include the improvements we will see with the newer drugs which have been approved like Daratumumab, Elotuzumab, and Ninlaro. 

Good luck and may God Bless your cancer journey.   For more information on multiple myeloma survival rates and treatments CLICK HERE and you can follow me on twitter at: https://twitter.com/grpetersen1