Below is a look at the history of the survival for myeloma in the USA and my prediction.
year survival milestones years between milestones
1975 2 years -
1998 3 years 23
2004 4 years 6
2008 5 years 4
2010 (prediction) 6 years 2
As you can note in the graph and list above, the pace of change has increased significantly to where we are improving life expectancy by one year, in just two years. Whereas, it took 23 years to improve survival by just one year in 1975. And if you have not noticed, the drastic increase in the rate of improvement started in the early 2000's which coincides with the development of IMID,s (Thalamid, Revlimid) and the PI (Velcade).
With 4 new drugs approved for myeloma in 2015, and two of them representing a new class of drugs (checkpoint inhibitor and monoclonal antibody), we can expect continued improvement for the patients who are fortunate enough to be diagnosed in a timely fashion. The 30% who do not make it 2 years will not share in this because of late diagnosis, wrong diagnosis, and poor first line treatment. More on this subject later.
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