Long-term stabilisation of myeloma with curcumin
- Correspondence to Dr Abbas Zaidi,
- Accepted 19 February 2017
- Published 16 April 2017
Myeloma is a haematological malignancy which typically follows a relapsing-remitting course. While treatment can control the myeloma and improve quality of life for given periods of time, remissions generally become progressively shorter with subsequent relapses, and patients ultimately enter a final refractory phase. To help control symptoms and enhance quality of life, some patients use complementary therapies as an adjunct to their conventional therapy. Here, we describe a myeloma patient who started a daily dietary supplement of curcumin when approaching her third relapse. In the absence of further antimyeloma treatment, the patient plateaued and has remained stable for the last 5 years with good quality of life.
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Contributors AZ and JC involved in treating the described patient initially discussed and planned writing this case. The planning was made with ML of Myeloma UK. Each performed a review of the literature and a summary of the case was provided by AZ and JC to ML who wrote the initial draft. The final paper was edited by AZ and reviewed and edited by JC.
Competing interests None declared.
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