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Dad is 86 years old and has MDS and multiple Myeloma. He was

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Dad is 86 years old and has MDS and multiple Myeloma. He was diagnosed in 2014 and has had no treatment other than a shot yesterday. His numbers continue to drop. What is his life expectancy
Submitted: 7 months ago.
Category: Oncology
Expert:  Dr Chaithanya replied 7 months ago.


I'm Dr Chaithanya attending you

What are his test results for kidney function, liver function, blood counts, BP, Heart rate etc?

Expert:  Dr. David replied 7 months ago.

This is Dr. David

if his blood counts continue to drop, he may benefit from some treatment like steroids or bone marrow stimulating agents to help his marrow make more blood cells

he needs blood and urine protein electrophoresis to check on his M protein levels from his multiple myeloma.

he needs a bone marrow biopsy to see how much of his bone marrow is filled with cancerous plasma cells.

if his bone marrow is being crowded out with cancerous plasma cells, then he needs treatment for his multiple myeloma to help his blood counts.

there are treatments for MM like Revlimid and steroids which can help his MM

if he has bone pain from his MM, he can get radiation therapy which can help decrease his pain.

every patient with MM and MDS are different and survival rates and life expectancies are all different and impossible to predict.

I don't even tell my own cancer patients how long they will live for because this is often unknown

let me know if you have questions.

Expert:  Dr Chaithanya replied 6 months ago.


I'm Dr Chaithanya attending you

Multiple myeloma with MDS has got bad prognosis if untreated.

Life expectancy can be less than 1 year if patient has complications and if he has not taken treatment

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