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What is the Multiple Myeloma Survival Rate?
Posted: Apr 09, 2024
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Observational data from the United States National Cancer Institute’s Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results (SEER) shows the survival rate for multiple myeloma has stabilized with little change within the past few years, reporting a 59.8% survival rate. However, this estimate was measured from 2016 to 2020. In 2023, the estimated new myeloma cases were 35,730, accounting for 1.8% of all new cancer cases, whereas the estimated deaths in 2023 only accounted for 12,590, representing 2.1% of all cancer deaths. 


What are the 2023 Myeloma Statistics? 


Drugs have positively improved the myeloma survival rate over the past 20 years, and we hope research continues to possibly find a cure. 

This includes the introduction of drugs such as:

  • Thalido­mide
  • Velcade (bor­tez­o­mib)
  • Revlimid (lena­lido­mide)
  • Kyprolis (car­filz­o­mib)
  • Pomalyst (poma­lido­mide)
  • Darzalex (daratumumab)
  • Empliciti (elotuzumab)
  • Ninlaro (ixazomib)
  • Farydak (panobinostat).

More recently... 

According to Food and Drug Administration (FDA) granted approvals in 2021 idecabtagene vicleucel (Abecma®) was approved and, in 2022, it approved ciltacabtagene autoleucel (also known as cilta-cel or Carvytki™). Both CAR T therapies target BCMA, and both approvals were for treating adults with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma. 

Bispecific antibodies are also expanded with the most recent approval in August 9, 2023 to talquetamab-tgvs (Talvey, Janssen Biotech, Inc.) for adults with relapsed or refractory multiple myeloma.

Multiple Factors Are Influential For Myeloma Survival Rate 

SEER statistics report higher survival rates in younger patients, even when survival rates are adjusted to account for patients' age. However, myeloma is most frequently diagnosed among people aged 65–74.


U.S. New Multiple Myeloma Patients
By Age Group. 

It is important to note that the data from 5 year survival rate available is the data from 1975-2015; almost 10 years have passed, but this means that many breakthroughs, as well as FDA medications and therapies, have been approved in the last years, so to have an accurate data, we would need more recent statistics. 

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The author Jimena Vicencio

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Jimena Vicencio

Jimena is an International Medical Graduate who is part of the HealthTree Patient Experience team. She loves learning new things led by her curiosity, playing with her pets, and exercising in her free time.

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