I make this statement, because Mayo has some of the best 3 and 4 year survival rates in the world, has an excellent reputation, is a myeloma center of excellence, and has the MAYO MYSTIQUE. I have previously written this about the Mayo survival results.
Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN - The Mayo Clinic Medical Edge Video from July 11, 2011 states that their 3 year survival has improved from 29% to close to 90%. When compared to the SEER rate of 55.6% you are at least 3* times more likely to survive under their treatment than at the average SEER facility. A recent analysis of 290 patients using LD or TD induction and delayed or early stem cell transplant reported equal 4 year survival of 82%* vs the SEER 4 year rate of 50%. Link: http://getmadcat.com/video/47064/ An outline of their risk adapted treatment program called mSmart can be found at the attached link: http://msmart.org/newly%20diagnosed%20myeloma.pdf
So what is this mSmart program. Two great links that will explain Mayo's multiple myeloma treatment philosophy are at:
In a summary, for the newly diagnosed patient, they break the disease into three different disease classifications, High risk, intermediate risk, and low risk, and then provide treatment plans for each risk classification. They also break the treatments into transplant eligible and ineligible patients. This usually is age and health related (comorbidities).
Without question this is an option for those who can not be treated at or get a second opinion from centers like IMBCR, Medical College of Wisconsin, UAMS, Mayo, MD Anderson, Dana Farber, Moffitt, or many other great myeloma centers of excellence. It would be an excellent tool for those patients who do not have access to these centers of excellence, but still want treatment that will provide an above average life expectancy and survival rate. And for the hematologic oncologist that does not have much experience with this very rare disease and is mSmart enough to ask the question "What would Mayo do?"
Best Regards and may God Bless your Myeloma journey/ firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information on myeloma survival and treatment go to www.myelomasurvival.com.