For those of you who don't actively follow the ACOR Myeloma Listserv, a member just recently posted an article in regards to the progress that treatment has made over the last ten years.
The article states that, about ten years ago, the median survival of myeloma patients was about three years. THREE!!! Scary stuff... However, with the sheer speed that research and treatment have made, that number has increased to about ten years. That's more than a 300% increase! This just goes to show that one can never place too much importance on a prognosis (I think they're ridiculous) because of how fast medicine is evolving! It's a great number, but still not good enough. We have to work together in fighting this beast off once and for all! The article also highlights the importance of clinical research, stating that this improvement in patient survival would not have been possible without them.
Here's the link if you want to read further!