I want to extend a warm welcome to you as a potential client of
The Moss Report on Multiple Myeloma. For over 35 years, it has been my mission
to educate and empower patients, including many with this type of cancer. I
would be honored to be part of your healing journey.
There are various types of multiple myeloma, some of which have
very different prognoses (i.e., likely outcomes). Multiple myeloma is basically
a cancer of the plasma cells. These are a type of white blood cell located in
the bone marrow. The disease is called “multiple” because the cancer occurs at
more than one site in the bones. There are several varieties of multiple
myeloma: the early or indolent type generally requires only scheduled checkups.
The more advanced forms, however, require prompt treatment.
Moss Report on Multiple Myeloma includes a discussion of the main varieties, as
classified by the World Health Organization (WHO) and other agencies. These are
generally classified by (a) cellular origin and (b) how those cells behave—ranging
from the least aggressive to the most malignant. The classification and grade
of multiple myeloma may be used to predict its likely behavior. This is based
on the microscopic appearance of tumor tissue derived from a biopsy sample.
Over the years, my thinking about multiple myeloma has evolved
considerably. I would like to share with you some of the core beliefs I have
developed about this type of cancer and the recovery process.
In the Moss
Report on Multiple Myeloma we fully deal with the conventional treatments of
this disease category. What are these? They mainly consist of surgery, various
types of radiation (including external beam, brachytherapy or radioactive
seeds, and proton beam therapy), as well as various types of chemotherapy and
‘targeted’ agents. We
also discuss the issue of “watchful waiting” in myeloma. When might this be
appropriate as an option?
We are not allied with any doctor, hospital or agency that
administers such treatments. This gives us the unusual ability to assess the
effectiveness of these treatments without any prejudice created by how we earn
our living. We combine this with a detailed knowledge of how these treatments
are actually administered and what they are likely to deliver.
conventional treatments of multiple myeloma definitely have their place, and
have often been instrumental in a cure, I also believe that there are new
treatments that offer hope to patients with multiple myeloma, such as those
involved in secondary prevention (i.e., to ward off recurrences).
There also are scientifically valid treatments that come from
outside conventional Western medicine. These treatments offer hope of real and
substantial benefit to patients with multiple myeloma, even those with advanced
disease. In this Moss Report on Multiple Myeloma I will discuss the ones that I
believe are most promising and relevant. Some of the most promising involve the
medical use of heat and electricity, immunotherapy and virology.
Keep in mind that some of what are called “alternative treatments”
in the United States are accepted and used in other countries. Some treatments
for multiple myeloma are so embroiled in controversy that it is difficult to
arrive at objective information about their effectiveness. I have done my best
to reach a realistic judgment on many of these. Yet other treatments and
approaches appear worthless or even dangerous.
My goal is to
provide you with information as well as to convey a way of looking at these
questions that you can apply to other treatments. I hope to give you a compass
with which to evaluate the many conflicting treatment claims in the myeloma
field and to help you formulate a winning plan for yourself. Let my knowledge,
objectivity, and experience help guide your journey!
I believe that overcoming one or another form of myeloma and
remaining well is more than just a physical process. Of course, medical
treatments, such as surgery, radiation and chemotherapy, as well as more
natural therapies, have their place in the treatment of this disease, and you
need scientific information to make rational decisions about them all. But
there is another dimension to the cancer problem. As one long-term survivor put
it, “Returning to a state of health is not just about having treatment; it
means dealing with the mental, emotional and the spiritual issues that tend to
manifest physically. It means asking, ‘Am I on the path that I want to be on?’
This Moss Report on Multiple Myeloma is dedicated to helping you
to repair the breach that this illness has created in your life. To do so, you
need to seek emotional healing as well. The attention you give these less
tangible areas can speed healing and enhance the effectiveness of your physical
treatments. But it can also serve as a profound source of strength, peace, and
inspiration for you. What we call body, mind, and spirit are interwoven strands
that form the whole person.