Focus on Myeloma
Targeted therapy has proven in recent years to be quite successful at controlling myeloma, and researchers continue to investigate new and evolving drugs for this disease in clinical trials.
While there is no cure for multiple myeloma, the cancer can be managed successfully for years in many people. Your multiple myeloma treatment will depend on whether you are experiencing symptoms and your overall health. In many cases, a team of doctors will work with you to determine the best treatment plan. The goals of treatment are to eliminate myeloma cells, control tumor growth, control pain, and allow you to have an active life.
When you’re going through treatment for multiple myeloma, listen to your body. Keep a journal of how you feel physically and emotionally. Keeping notes can help you keep track of how you’re doing over time and of symptoms or side effects that may come and go. This can help you work closely with your doctor to manage the side effects that you experience from multiple myeloma or its treatment, and ensure that your questions are answered.
Your oncologist, nurses, and other members of your healthcare team work together to treat your multiple myeloma. Since medical appointments are the main time you will interact with your team, being as prepared as possible for these visits is important. It will help ensure that you understand your diagnosis and treatment, get answers to your questions, and feel more satisfied with your overall care. Here are some ways to prepare for your medical appointments.